Mother of suspect in infant shooting urges him to surrender

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mother of a St. Louis-area man accused of fatally shooting his 8-month-old son and driving off with his two other young children is urging him to surrender.

Police say 34-year-old Diata Crockett was likely aiming for the infant’s mother when he shot the child in her arms Tuesday in north St. Louis.

Police resumed their search for Crockett Wednesday, whom they described as armed and dangerous.

Crockett fled with the couple’s other two children, ages 2 and 3, but they were found safe at a home in St. Louis County later Tuesday. His car was found in Ferguson.

Diata Crockett’s mother, Casetta Crockett, speaking to KMOV-TV ( ), said her son must turn himself in for the sake of his surviving children and to “set the record straight.”


Information from: KMOV-TV,