Texas Man Allegedly Fatally Shoots 3-Year-Old Stepson for Jumping on His Bed: Police
Police were initially told that the child had accidentally shot himself
An 18-year-old Texas man is facing capital murder charges after police allege he fatally shot his 3-year-old stepson in the head when the child wouldn’t stop jumping on his bed, PEOPLE confirms.
According to court records obtained by PEOPLE, George Coty Wayman’s arrest occurred Wednesday morning – not long after the child, Dominic Castro, died from a single gunshot wound.
Investigators claim in court records that Wayman pointed a gun at Castro while ordering him off the bed he’d been jumping on. But the boy didn’t listen, according to police.
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The alleged shooting was reported to police at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Officers responded to Wayman’s mobile home, located in a remote area of Texas’ Clay County.
Castro was airlifted to an area hospital Tuesday afternoon and died the following morning.
Police were initially told that the child had accidentally shot himself. But court records indicate that several eyewitnesses to the shooting accused Wayman of purposely pointing the weapon at the child, and firing off on round.
Wayman is being held on $550,000 bail. Court records did not indicate whether he has retained a lawyer.