published Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Tullahoma man jailed after 13-month-old daughter shot in chest

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    Kevin L. Sayre, 26, of Tullahoma, Tenn., was charged May 13 with aggravated assault in the unintentional shooting of his 13-month-old daughter.

A Tullahoma, Tenn., father is behind bars after a gun he was cleaning discharged and struck his 13-month-old daughter in the chest, authorities say.

Tullahoma Police Department Investigations Lt. Jason Ferrell said the baby’s father, 26-year-old Kevin Sayre, is being held in the Nashville Metro Jail on a charge of aggravated assault.

The gunshot left the baby, whose name has not been released, in critical but stable condition at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Ferrell said.

The incident happened late Sunday night.

Sheriff’s Office officials said Sayre is being held on $20,000 bond and faces an initial hearing in Coffee County General Sessions Court on Thursday.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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