Breaking: Parents charged in shooting of 1-year-old Uptown boy

Travis McCoy (left) and Adriana Smith | CPD

The parents of a one-year-old boy who was shot in the head in Uptown on Monday evening are now charged in connection with the case.

Prosecutors approved charges against Travis McCoy, 26, and 28-year-old Adriana Smith on Wednesday.

McCoy is charged with one felony count of filing a false complaint and misdemeanor child endangerment. Smith is charged with felony obstruction of justice by destroying evidence and misdemeanor child endangerment. They are both due in bond court on Thursday.

At 7:38 p.m. on Monday, McCoy flagged down police officers as he carried his injured son to Weiss Hospital. He told cops that the boy had been shot when gunmen opened fire on them from a vehicle in the alley behind the 800 block of West Leland. 

But the officers, who were in the immediate area at the time of the purported shooting, heard no gunfire and no residents made 911 calls to report shots fired in the area, according to police records.

Investigators soon located a bloody elevator in a high-rise residential building on the 800 block of West Eastwood. That led them to a 12th floor apartment where officers found spent shell casings and blood spatter in the kitchen and living room.

Police eventually determined that the child was shot when the weapon fired as McCoy and Smith fought over it during an argument, a police spokesperson said.

Shortly after the shooting, the boy was transferred from Weiss to Lurie Children’s Hospital where doctors listed him in serious condition.

More information about the case is expected to be released during Thursday’s bond court hearing.

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