Father charged with killing daughter after she got off bus on first day of school

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -- The father of an 11-year-old girl who was shot after getting off a school bus and later died has been arrested, police in a suburb north of Nashville said Tuesday.

The Hendersonville Police Department said 29-year-old Timothy Batts was arrested on reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and other charges in connection with the shooting death of Timea Lashay Batts.

Authorities originally told WKRN the girl got off her school bus at her Hendersonville home. When she went inside, she told her father she had been shot.

Batts took her to TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. She was then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where she died less than two hours later, WKRN reports.

Det. Jim Vaughn with the Hendersonville Police Department told WSMV the shooting did not happen on the bus, based on an interview with the bus driver.

Now, police said they determined the girl was shot inside the home after returning home from her first day of school.

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