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N.C. Toddler Shooting Death Case Resolved

December 7, 2003

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) _ A resolution has been reached in the case of a 15-year-old boy charged with firing the shot that killed a toddler as he rode his tricycle in the family’s driveway, prosecutors said.

District Attorney Garry Frank said Friday the case has been settled in juvenile court but could not reveal any details because juvenile cases are confidential.

Two-year-old Dillion Wilson was killed April 2, 2002, when a bullet struck him in the head as he played.

For months, sheriff’s investigators scoured the neighborhood and conducted recreations of the incident. Authorities seized more than 50 guns from neighbors, but no arrests were made.

More than a year passed before Frank said he received new information that led him to authorize a juvenile petition to be filed against the teen.

Investigators have said they believe the teen, then 14, left home angry after fighting with his mother and took a handgun with him.

After riding his bike for nearly a mile, the teen stopped near where Dillion was playing and began firing the weapon in anger, investigators said. One bullet hit the child, but authorities have said they do not believe the shooting was intentional.

The teen was serving a sentence in a youth detention center on a larceny charge when he was charged in July.

Neither the weapon nor the bullet that killed Dillion has been found.

Dillion’s mother, Stacy Hodges, declined to comment Friday.

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