MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man is facing a serious charge after a child was shot and killed in Frayser on Monday.
Authorities were called to the 3600 block of Steele where a four-year-old child had been shot. The child was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 2 p.m.
According to the police report, 4-year-old Ayden Robinson was playing with his younger brother in a room alone when the pair found a gun inside a dresser drawer. The three-year-old was reportedly handling it when it was fired, striking the other child in the chest.
“You have to be more careful,” Memphis mother Ranay Calhoun said. “If y’all have little babies in the house it has to be where they can’t get to it, not even climbing on a chair or nothing.”
Calhoun was at the complex as first responders tried saving Ayden’s life.
“You just saw the police everywhere,” Calhoun recalled.
Nathaniel Wilkins was arrested several hours later after he allegedly admitted to police that the gun was his and that he had left it in the dresser. He was charged with reckless homicide.
The 4-year-old victim has been identified as Ayden Robinson. Please remember as adults, we are responsible for keeping our firearms secured and away from children. FREE gunlocks are available at any police precinct.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) June 25, 2019