Batts originally told officers that his daughter came home Monday after her first day at Knox Doss Middle School at Drakes Creek and said she had been shot, police said. However, investigators determined that the shooting happened inside the house and the gun was missing.
According to the Tennessean, Batts told officers that he was asleep Monday afternoon when a sound woke him up. He grabbed his gun and fired at Timea after she startled him, accidentally shooting her, he reportedly told police. She died while being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.