NEW INFO: 19-Month-Old Girl Killed in Shooting; 16-year-old Father Charged

By: Randy Yohe Email
By: Randy Yohe Email

UPDATE 4/28 11:35 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Police are now charging a 16-year-old father with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the shooting death of his toddler daughter.

19-month-old, Betty Eldridge, died early Friday morning at the Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Police say the shooting took place at 1301 Grandview Ave.

They say the child’s mother, 18-year-old Destiny Cook, was holding the toddler at the time of the shooting. Cook was also wounded, but treated and released for her injury.

Portsmouth Police Detective Ron Davis says the shooting was not an accident.

Davis says the gun did not belong to the 16-year-old dad and that it was obtained illegally.

Police say additional charges could be filed against the teen, who is currently in custody on unrelated charges.

He is expected to be arraigned in juvenile court on the new charges Wednesday or Thursday.

No charges have been filed against the mother.

Davis says the case is still open and active.

UPDATE 4/26 6:45 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A 19-month-old baby girl was shot and killed last Friday morning, and police say her 16-year-old father pulled the trigger.

Police say the question remains if the shooting was an accident or not.

No one answered the door at 1301 Grandview Ave. on Monday. That's where police say mother Destiny Cook, 18, was holding her toddler daughter Betty Eldridge when they both were hit with one shot from a gun fired by the girl's 16-year-old father.

Police say Cook drove her daughter to Southern Ohio Medical Center where the little girl died.

The toddler's father is in custody, but police say they have not yet determined a motive -- if there is one. Officers say the the gun did not belong to the father.

Portsmouth Police Capt. Robert Ware said more interviews are needed in the probe to determine why the teen dad had the gun and why the gun was fired.

Police said the juvenile father is currently being held on unrelated charges involving property damage. Police said they hope to have more information by Tuesday.


PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- No charges or arrests in a shooting that left a 19-month-old baby dead.

Portsmouth Police say the shooting happened early Friday morning at a house at 1301 Grandview Avenue.

Police say the child died at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Room.

They also say the child’s mother, 18-year-old Destiny Cook, was wounded. She was treated and released.

The name of the child has not been released

Investigators learned of the shooting after getting a call from the hospital.

Police tell they know who had the gun, and that person is a juvenile.

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