An Uptown couple who allegedly shot their 1-year-old son in the head as they struggled for control of a gun and then tried to cover it up by lying about what happened have reached plea deals.
In January 2020, Travis McCoy flagged down police officers as he walked into Weiss Hospital with the injured child and said the boy had been shot by gunmen who opened fire on them from a vehicle behind their home in the 800 block of West Leland, prosecutors said.
But the officers became suspicious because they were in the immediate area at the time of the purported shooting, and they didn’t hear gunfire.
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.
Officials said the bullet ricocheted before it struck the boy, and it did not penetrate the child’s skull.
McCoy has now pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors dropped charges of filing a false police report.
His girlfriend, Adriana Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted obstruction of justice, which was reduced from a felony charge.
Judge Daniel Gillespie sentenced Smith to two days time served. He sentenced McCoy to three years and gave him credit for 568 days spent in custody while the case was pending.
McCoy, who also received the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction for anticipated good behavior, did not spend any time in prison for the incident. He will be on parole until July 30, 2022.