The Latest: Man charged in shooting death of 8-month-old son

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Posted: May 25, 2016 7:19 PM
The Latest: Man charged in shooting death of 8-month-old son

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of an 8-month-old boy in St. Louis (all times local):

6 p.m.

A St. Louis-area man has been charged with first-degree murder and other felonies after authorities say he fatally shot his 8-month-old son and sparked an intense manhunt.

St. Louis prosecutors brought the charges against 34-year-old Diata Crockett on Wednesday. He also faces charges of armed criminal action, domestic assault, endangering a child, unlawful possession and unlawful use of a weapon.

A St. Louis police investigator says in a court filing that Crockett and his wife were in a car Tuesday with three of their children when the wife said she wanted a divorce. The investigator says Crockett threatened his wife, she jumped from the car with the infant and he fired upon her.

Police believe Crockett likely was aiming for his wife when fatally wounding 8-month-old Reign Crockett.

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12:40 p.m.

The attorney who arranged the surrender of a man wanted in the fatal shooting of his 8-month-old son in St. Louis says his client is "obviously devastated" about the death.

Scott Rosenblum says he brokered Diata Crockett's surrender Wednesday at the request of Crockett's family, who Rosenblum says he has known for years.

Police say that Crockett forced his wife and three young children into a rental car at gunpoint on Tuesday. Authorities say that when the woman tried to get out, Crockett fired a shot that police believe was aimed at her but instead struck their baby.

He fled with the couple's two other sons, ages 2 and 3. They were later found safe.

Rosenblum says on Crockett's behalf that "there's a lot more to the story than what's been reported."

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11 a.m.

The man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his 8-month-old son in St. Louis has surrendered.

Police say 34-year-old Diata Crockett turned himself in to his lawyer Wednesday morning and is now in custody. Police offered no further details about the surrender.

The shooting happened Tuesday. Police say Crockett forced his wife and three young children into a rental car at gunpoint. As the car was slowing in an industrial area of north St. Louis, the woman tried to get out. Crockett fired a shot that police believe was aimed at her, but instead struck the couple's infant son.

He fled with the couple's two other sons, ages 2 and 3. They were later found safe at a relative's home, and the car was found abandoned Tuesday evening in nearby Ferguson.

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8:50 a.m.

The mother of a St. Louis-area man accused of fatally shooting his 8-month-old son and driving off with his two other young children is urging him to surrender.

Police say 34-year-old Diata Crockett was likely aiming for the infant's mother when he shot the child in her arms Tuesday in north St. Louis.

Police resumed their search for Crockett Wednesday, whom they described as armed and dangerous.

Crockett fled with the couple's other two children, ages 2 and 3, but they were found safe at a home in St. Louis County later Tuesday. His car was found in Ferguson.

Diata Crockett's mother, Casetta Crockett, speaking to KMOV-TV, said her son must turn himself in for the sake of his surviving children and to "set the record straight."