Dad tells police he accidentally shot, killed daughter when she startled him

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A father charged with reckless homicide after his 11-year-old daughter was shot and killed at their Hendersonville home Monday afternoon reportedly admitted to police he fired the weapon after being startled by the girl.

Timothy Batts initially told police his daughter Timea woke him up just before 4 p.m. and said she had been shot after getting off the school bus at their home on Shady View Drive.

Courtesy: Instagram
Courtesy: Instagram

Batts reportedly drove his daughter to TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center before she was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Timea, a sixth grader at Knox Doss Middle School, died less than two hours later.

During the course of their investigation, police determined that the girl was actually shot inside the Hendersonville home.

According to affidavits obtained by News 2, her father later went to the police station and said he wanted to “tell the truth” about what happened.

The report states that Batts told officers he accidentally shot Timea after he was awoken to a sound in the home. He, according to the report, got a gun from under the dresser and fired a shot at the girl when she yelled and scared him.

Police said Batts told them he removed the gun from the scene and that it was now in Nashville.

He was ultimately charged with reckless homicide late Monday night. He also faces charges of tampering with evidence, false reporting and felon in possession of a firearm.

The 29-year-old is being held at the Sumner County jail on a $1 million bond and he is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 24.

He has previous drug convictions, according to police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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