Melson’s relationship to the children was not released.
The injured girl was dropped off at a convenience store on Whitesville Street in LaGrange that afternoon. Melson is accused of fleeing the scene and taking the weapon with him after the shooting.
The child was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where her condition was last described as critical. No updates have been released by police.
According to jail records, Melson was charged with second-degree child cruelty, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
No other details on his arrest were immediately available.
Melson spent a year in prison for burglary and aggravated assault, Georgia Department of Corrections records show. Before the shooting, he was already wanted on two probation violation charges and a count of failure to appear in court.
He remains in jail without bond.
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