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Tullahoma Father Charged After Child Shot

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by Emily Luxen

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - A 13-month-old child remains hospitalized, and her father is behind bars after police said the girl was shot in the chest.

The incident happened Sunday shortly after 11 p.m. at the East Gate Apartment Complex.  Tullahoma police responded to unit H8 to find the baby shot in the chest.

Police reported the child's father, 26-year-old Kevin Sayre, was taking apart a handgun inside the apartment, when a 9mm round was discharged, striking the victim in the chest.

The child was initially transported to Harton Regional Medical Center ER, but was later flown to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. 

The child remains in stable, but critical condition. Family members said they believe she will make a full recovery.

Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell said police see this type of incident far too often.  He said owners need to be very careful when cleaning or handling their guns.

"Don't check once, check twice, and understand the mechanics of your weapon, " said Chief Blackwell. "A lot of problems happen when people aren't familiar with how their weapon works.

"We hope the best for this family.  We hope the child has a speedy recovery," Chief Blackwell added.

Sayre was charged with aggravated assault and is currently being held in the Metro Nashville Jail.  He is awaiting transfer to the Coffee County Jail.  He will be held under a $20,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in Coffee County Sessions Court Thursday.

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