Grandfather charged after 3-year-old shot in Walnut Park East neighborhood

Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 5:53 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 2:15 PM CST
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - A 3-year-old child was shot in the back, possibly by another child, in the Walnut Park East neighborhood on Tuesday, according to police.

The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. on Thrush Avenue. Police said the child is in a critical but stable condition at a local hospital. Police said Thursday they have not received any changes regarding the child’s condition.

SLMPD announced Thursday that 48-year-old Markeith Mayo, the child’s grandfather, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection to the incident.

Markeith Mayo has been charged after a 3-year-old was shot in the Walnut Park East neighborhood.
Markeith Mayo has been charged after a 3-year-old was shot in the Walnut Park East neighborhood.(SLMPD)

The Child Abuse Unit is investigating the incident.

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