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Father charged in BB gun shooting death of 18-month-old boy

This undated photo shows 18-month-old Jesstin Sellers who died after being shot with a BB gun.MyFoxAtlanta.com

An 18-month-old Georgia boy is dead after being shot in the chest with a BB gun and his father has been charged with felony murder, police say.

The toddler’s father, Jesse Sellers, 23, reportedly told police he was playing with the gun when it accidentally went off, MyFoxAtlanta.com reported. Sellers has been charged with second-degree cruelty to children and felony murder.

Police say six people, including three children, were in the home at the time of the shooting.

Witnesses reported seeing Sellers running out of the apartment yelling for help and directing paramedics when they arrived.

Police say the child was taken to Grady Hospital and later died.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sellers was being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing, MyFoxAtlanta.com reported.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.