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July 23rd, 2009, 01:25 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An 8-year-old child is dead after he was shot in the head and the man believed to be responsible is in police custody.
Just hours after Jeremiah Williams’ death, neighbors in the community where he lived have started creating a memorial for him.
The shooting took place in an apartment community on the east side near 42nd and Post Road just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to police, 27-year-old Joshua Germany walked up to an apartment and fired a gun at the window. Bullets hit an 18-year-old man and 8-year old Jeremiah Williams in the head.
Medics rushed Williams to Riley Hospital in critical condition. He died early Thursday morning. The 18-year-old is at Wishard Hospital and is expected to be ok.
“The mother is distraught, the father is distraught, the neighborhood as a whole. We cannot allow this behavior to continue on in this city and the only way to stop it is the community has to work with us, the city, the police, community agencies to stop it,” said Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams.
Police are calling this tragedy a domestic violence case. The shooter and the boy’s mother have a history of domestic violence. According to police, the suspect and the 8-year-old's mother have a child together.
A warrant for Domestic Battery had been issued for Germany before the shooting on Wednesday.
Police said there were four children in the apartment when the shooting took place.
A tip from someone in the community led police to the suspect. He was arrested in a field 1 ½ miles from where the shooting occurred. Police needed to use the k-9’s during the arrest.
Germany has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
July 23rd, 2009, 01:33 PM
Do they know why this beast shot at the window? Poor babies are always the ones caught in the line of fire by useless human beings that have no regard for life.
My prayers are with his family. They will need tons of supports to endure what is yet to come.
July 23rd, 2009, 05:10 PM
Joshua Germany walked up to an apartment & fired a gun killed 8 yr. old boy
July 23rd, 2009, 08:41 PM
Police needed to use the k-9’s during the arrest.
Should have let the dog eat him.
July 24th, 2009, 07:50 AM
Long-simmering, fast-escalating domestic violence between a man and a woman who have known each other since they were teenagers culminated in the shooting death of an 8-year-old boy.
Police said Joshua D. Germany might have shot the child by accident. Jeremiah Williams died early Thursday at Riley Hospital for Children.
Germany and the boy's mother, Deneen Williams, both 27, had been together on and off since at least 2000. They had two children together. Police records indicate it had been a violent union, and neighbors said Williams recently ended the relationship.
One bullet struck Jeremiah in the head. Germany was not the child's father. Namar Taylor, 18, who was visiting the apartment, also was shot. He was listed in stable condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital.
Police said it was not clear who Germany's intended target was.
Police had been to the apartment frequently of late as relations between Williams and Germany soured. While responding to a disturbance June 21, police ordered Germany to leave and said that if he came back, he'd be arrested for trespassing.http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009907240358
July 24th, 2009, 12:21 PM
Rest in peace Jeremiah Williams.
July 26th, 2009, 12:25 PM
aww he was a cutie too.... i live right outside indianapolis so i saw it in today's paper
December 7th, 2009, 10:36 AM
The shooting death of an 8-year-old boy may have been prevented, the county's presiding juvenile court judge says, if an Indianapolis police officer had followed department procedures designed specifically to protect children involved with the Department of Child Services.
On two occasions in June, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer responded to disturbances involving the boy's family, which had an active case with DCS. That officer, however, failed to notify DCS after either visit, according to Judge Marilyn Moores.
A month later, Jeremiah Williams was fatally shot during another in a long string of domestic disputes involving his mother, Deneen Williams, and Joshua Germany, the father of two of her other children.
Moores said it is likely Jeremiah and the other children in the home would have been removed or, at the least, monitored more closely if DCS had been aware of the two police visits in June.
"It may have saved a child's life," she said.
Without that knowledge, Moores explained, the court and DCS agreed to close the family's case July 13 -- leaving serious domestic violence issues unresolved and the children in harm's way.
Nine days later, the violence flared in the Eastside apartment. It turned deadly when Germany allegedly fired a shotgun into the apartment, striking Jeremiah in the head as he sat on a sofa.
"I'm just sick about this," Moores said.
In response to her finding, IMPD announced Friday that it is changing the way it responds to reports involving families that are the subject of DCS cases. A supervisor now will be dispatched on those runs, along with the responding officer.
Moores, who was on medical leave when Jeremiah was killed, said she learned about the two police runs from an Indianapolis Star story about the boy's death. The story prompted her to look into what happened.
That's when she discovered DCS had not been contacted about the June incidents even though the family was "flagged" in the IMPD dispatch system and Germany was jailed for two days after his arrest June 25.
The tragedy of Jeremiah's death was magnified because the boy seemingly had been rescued from a life of poverty and violence by relatives who raised him for most of his last six years. But he was thrust back into that world just five months before his death when his mother demanded his return.
She did so, according to family members, because a DCS caseworker -- who became involved with Jeremiah's mother, Germany and their other children -- told her that she would have to repay welfare payments for children not living in the home and also risked having her children being taken away.
The new information comes as bittersweet news to the Rev. Arthur Sample III and his wife, Barbara, who had provided a home for Jeremiah. Sample was the uncle of the boy's father, who was killed in a shooting six months before Jeremiah was born.
"To hear that this happened is a real letdown," said Sample, pastor at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis.
"I'm glad the judge is looking into what happened. I would just hope that it doesn't turn into a case of finger-pointing and that real changes can be made to help other children. It's too late for Jeremiah."
Moores said the June incidents occurred as DCS was trying to determine whether to close the case with Williams, Germany and their children. She said the decision to close the case July 13 likely would have been different if DCS had been made aware by the police officer of the June incidents.
Read the Full Article: http://www.indystar.com/article/20091206/NEWS14/912060366/IMPD-failed-to-report-incidents-to-DCS
December 7th, 2009, 10:38 AM
Timeline of events in this case and photos: http://www.indystar.com/article/99999999/NEWS14/91120012
June 3rd, 2011, 11:01 AM
Man gets 40 years in shooting death of boy, 8
INDIANAPOLIS -- A man accused of killing an 8-year-old boy after firing a shotgun into his ex-girlfriend's Indianapolis apartment has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
WISH-TV reports Thursday that 28-year-old Joshua Germany was sentenced after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
Jeremiah Williams was killed in 2009. Police said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute between Germany and the boy's mother
June 3rd, 2011, 06:02 PM
He should be fried and served up to some gators.
June 3rd, 2011, 06:40 PM
Why would you want to do that to the poor alligators?
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