Memphis man indicted in shooting death of 8-year-old son, who was shot by 4-year-old sister

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(SHELBY COUNTY D.A. NEWS RELEASE) – A Memphis man was indicted Wednesday on reckless homicide charges related to the shooting death of his 8-year-old son by his 4-year-old daughter who found his gun on the bed, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Cordero Wilhite, 30, also was indicted on felony drug charges involving more than a pound of marijuana found in his home in the 1000 block of Parkland Road just west of the Sherwood Forest neighborhood. He is free on $50,000 bond.

Investigators said that on Aug. 20, 2017, Wilhite was in his bedroom when the two children came in and got on the bed with him. Wilhite told investigators he had a .45-cal. pistol and that he put it under the covers so his children would not see it.

Moments later, his daughter found and discharged the gun, striking her brother Deaundre Shannon in the chest, killing him.

The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Cavett Ostner of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.

SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.

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