A five-year-old girl has been killed and her eight-year-old brother is fighting for his life after the siblings’ father shot them in the head shortly after their mother kissed them goodnight.
Jermaine Lavanda Bass, 30, was arrested Aug. 29 and charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated child molestation after he claimed he “accidentally” shot his children multiple times while they were in Tampa, Fla lay in bed.
The violence has shocked the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department after the little girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Monday evening, just after 10 p.m., the children’s mother left a restaurant where she was eating to put her children to bed and go to sleep herself.
Jermaine Lavanda Bass, 30, fatally shot his 5-year-old daughter and seriously injured his 8-year-old son
She went up the second flight of stairs where the children were lying in their bunk beds. She kissed her daughter, who was giggling in the top bunk as she pretended to be asleep, Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
She kissed her eight-year-old son and then rushed out of the room to go to the bathroom.
Suddenly she heard several shots. She initially thought it was outside, but when she realized it was coming from the Armeture Gate Townhomes home.
The mother rushed outside to safety, where she was met by a neighbor who was already frantically calling 911.
Almost at the same time, her husband stormed out of the house with their badly wounded son in his arms.
“Call for help, call for help, call for help,” Bass said, according to the sheriff.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies who rushed to the scene found Bass in the family room cradling his wounded son. He told them the shooting was an accident
Bass never mentioned that he also shot his daughter multiple times in the head. Police found her in her upstairs bedroom, lying in a pool of her own blood
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister choked as he described the bewildering violence of a father who killed his 5-year-old daughter and wounded his 8-year-old son
“When our MPs first arrive at the scene of the crime, they see the father in the family room cradling the eight-year-old son and say it was an accident,” Chronister said. The father said to the deputies: ‘I don’t know how the gun went off, I accidentally shot my son.’
Paramedics take the child away from the father and begin extended life support, working flat out to save the child.
When officers asked Bass if anyone else was in the house, according to the sheriff, he said, “My daughter sleeps upstairs.”
“Deputies go upstairs only to make the gruesome discovery of a five-year-old lying on the top bunk in a pool of her own blood,” Chronister said. “She gets shot in the head two or three times. The same injury the eight-year-old sustained and sustained.’
Both children were taken to Tampa General Hospital. The sheriff said the girl couldn’t be saved.
“Our eight-year-old is fighting for his life,” Chronister said, briefly choking during a press conference.
“I hope that person feels the full weight of the criminal justice system and never sees the light of day where another person can be harmed,” the sheriff said. Cops found a .380 semi-automatic pistol in his home.
Aside from his statements that the shooting was accidental, Bass gave no other statement to explain his action.
“You don’t accidentally shoot your kids three or four times in the head,” the stunned sheriff said.
He appears to be grappling with the possibility that the motive behind the shooting would remain a mystery.
“I don’t know why he did that,” the sheriff said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever know.”
There have been no previous domestic violence calls at the home, police said. Bass has no criminal record.
The mother has not yet made a full statement to police.
“For this mother who has lost a child and could potentially lose a second and whose marriage is clearly at an end, our hearts go out to you,” Chronister said. “I will definitely pray for all of you today.”
The sheriff’s deputies and other first responders were shaken to the core by the crime.
“This is a terrifying experience that no parent should go through,” the sheriff said. “This is an experience no law enforcement officer or first responder should ever have. We as the sheriff’s office have problems today.’
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