Man arrested, victim identified in Evansville infant shooting


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- Anthony Lamont Meriweather has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of his nine-month-old daughter. He is currently charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a felony.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear has identified the victim as nine-month-old Iowa Merriweather. Meriweather died of a single gunshot wound to the head, the death has been ruled a homicide.

According to an affidavit obtained by Eyewitness News, officers say Meriweather initially told them his daughter had been hit by a bullet from a drive-by shooting. However, a witness told police he keeps a gun in a couch at the apartment and left the room before hearing a gun shot. The witness reportedly said he saw his gun near Meriweather and took it away from him to secure it.

Eyewitness News has obtained the 911 call. Warning: graphic content

During an interview with police, Meriweather reportedly told them he found the gun and was handling it when it went off and struck his daughter in the face.

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(This story was originally published on Aug. 28, 2020)


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