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Father charged after toddler shot in drug deal argument

Posted January 8, 2015

Tyqon Chauneal Moore, left, and Tyler Chase Sanderson

— The father of a Mount Olive 2-year-old who was shot on Christmas Eve now faces a criminal charge in the shooting, Duplin County authorities said.

The toddler was in the back of his parents' car when the child's father and another man began arguing over a marijuana deal, authorities said. As the parents tried to drive off, the other man shot at the car, wounding the child, authorities said.

Tyler Chase Sanderson, 16, of Alum Springs Road in Mount Olive, was charged with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and shooting into an occupied vehicle and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

The child's father, Tyqon Chauneal Moore, 28, of Maria Garcia Lane in Mount Olive, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was placed in the Duplin County jail under a $1,000 bond.

Sanderson's mother, Crystal Gail Sanderson, 39, was charged with felony obstruction of justice after deputies said she removed a weapon from the crime scene.

The toddler remains at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville in fair condition.


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  • Monkey_Joe Jan 8, 2015

    The child is in fair condition. That's good. I hope he/she gets a new start with better parents in a good home!

  • johnnymanziel Jan 8, 2015

    The kid looks like he's only 12.

  • justabumer Jan 8, 2015

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    The article I read said that the shooter was the sixteen year old, not the father of the child.

  • Sonja Yagel Jan 8, 2015
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    It just keeps getting worse and worse.

  • johnnymanziel Jan 8, 2015

    A 16 year old father taking the kid for a ride to a drug deal? I weep for the future of humanity.

  • arfamr1010 Jan 8, 2015

    wow...just wow