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Father of Baby Killed in Evansville Shooting Appears in Court

Anthony Meriweather is charged with Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death after the Aug. 28 shooting death of his 8-month-old daughter Iowa Meriweather.

Posted: Sep 2, 2020 4:56 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 5:00 PM

The father of an 8-month-old baby who died after being shot in Evansville made his first appearance in court on Wednesday.

20-year-old Anthony Lamont Meriweather of Henderson, Kentucky, was arrested on Aug. 28 after 8-month-old Iowa Meriweather, Anthony's daughter, died after being shot inside of an Evansville apartment.

In an affidavit, police say Meriweather was there visiting a friend at the Buena Vista Apartment Complex in Evansville, and that his baby was there with him.

The affidavit says that Meriweather initially claimed the baby had by struck by a bullet in a drive-by shooting, but couldn't provide any further information on the incident.

While at the scene of the shooting, an officer found a shell casing inside of the apartment. After further questioning from police, Meriweather said that while he was handling a gun, it went off and struck his daughter.

Meriweather is charged with Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death.

His bond will be discussed during his next appearance in court.

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