Man accused of leaving gun out for child extradited to Henderson County Jail

Man accused of leaving gun out for child extradited to Henderson County Jail
David Setharia Whittick, 33, apprehended.

ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - A man accused of leaving a pistol out for a 4-year-old child who shot his sister in the face has been extradited to the Henderson County Jail, where his bond has been set at $20,000.

David Setharia Whittick, 33, of Mabank, has two $10,000 bonds on charges of make firearm accessible to child and endangering a child.

Whittick's girlfriend, Bryanna Timms, 34, is still in the Hopkins County Jail, where she faces a charge out of that county on hindering apprehension. She is accused of keeping deputies from arresting her boyfriend.

The couple was arrested following an investigation after Timms' daughter was shot in the face on Feb. 5 with a 22-caliber pistol. An investigation revealed her four-year-old brother shot her after he took the pistol from a pillar in the living room.

According to an arrest affidavit made available Thursday, Timms did not appear distraught when law enforcement and an ambulance arrived for the child. The affidavit states a deputy asked to go into the home in the 100 block of Albany Street to investigate and get the gun but Timms said no and that he would have to get permission from Whittick.

When Whittick arrived at the home, he allowed the deputy inside but the gun was not in either child's room. Timms denied knowing where the gun was and at one point said she was not even sure there was a gunshot, according to the affidavit.

After the child was x-rayed and a shell was found in the child's head, Timms said she did not know what happened to the gun and even refused to tell Whittick where the gun was while he was at the house, according to the affidavit.

"Eventually Timms indicated where the weapon may be located in her closet on the top shelf which is where the gun was found," the affidavit states.

Whittick told the deputy that he has taken the gun away from the boy in the past "as he has been known to pick it up and walk around with it," the affidavit stated.

Other witnesses said they have seen the boy with the gun multiple times and that Timms and Whittick leave it lying on the bar in the kitchen, in drawers on bedroom nightstands and on Timms' "alter."

In previously released CPS documents, the "alter" is referred to as a "pillar."

The affidavit states Timms was in the living room and the boy walked past her to go to Timms' bedroom then back past her with the gun. He then walked into his sister's room and shot her in the face.

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