Gilbert Hardy and Sasiya Dixon were charged in connection with a shooting that injured their 3-year-old son.
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

3-year-old shot in Atlanta; parents charged

A 3-year-old boy was shot in northwest Atlanta, and his parents were charged in connection with the incident, police said.

Emory University Hospital Midtown staff contacted police Friday after the parents brought the child there with a gunshot wound, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Bender said.

“Officers responded to the hospital and after speaking with the parents of the child, gained information that the shooting happened at 1187 2nd St. NW,” she said Monday in an emailed statement. “Investigators obtained a search warrant for that location in order to locate evidence of the shooting.”

The victim’s father, 40-year-old Gilbert Hardy, was charged with reckless conduct, cruelty to children, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and tampering with evidence. He was booked in the Fulton County Jail and released Saturday on a $15,000 signature bond, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. His next court date is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28. 

The boy’s mother, 28-year-old Sasiya Dixon, was charged with reckless conduct and cruelty to children. She was booked in the Fulton County Jail and released Saturday on a $1,000 signature bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police have not said who pulled the trigger, but “we believe the incident happened at the home while the parents were present,” APD spokesman Carlos Campos said.

The child was moved to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where he was stable, according to police.

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