Police say parents didn't seek care for shot child

LAWRENCEVILLE — Authorities say the father of a 4-year-old child who accidentally shot herself didn't think the injuries were severe enough to seek medical help.

Gwinnett County police say the father, 20-year-old Thomas Sumlin, also convinced the girl's mother, 21-year-old Tyshonna Mercedez Blades, not to seek help after the June 4 shooting.

Reports show that both were charged with second-degree child cruelty. Gwinnett County Jail records do not indicate whether the suspects have attorneys.

Police reports state that the child, her two siblings and her parents were renting a room in a Days Inn hotel near Stone Mountain when the girl appears to have found a handgun and shot herself. Police say the bullet apparently grazed the girl's abdomen.


roaads1 3 years, 2 months ago

People like this shouldn't breed. If you can't put your children first you do not deserve to have them.


TOWG 3 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully the children have been removed to a safe place.These 2 need to go away for a long while.


teelee 3 years, 2 months ago

Please give that kid a real home!


Motor76 3 years, 2 months ago

20 and 21, three kids, living in a hotel room where the male keeps a handgun. These two need the whole library thrown at them first, then the kids need to be removed, finally, they need their reproductive abilities surgically removed.


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