Arraignment hearing for man accused in toddler's death
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FOX 5 News obtained this picture of Nicholas Clarence Wade from a previous arrest. (Courtesy: DeKalb County Jail)
Deputies say that they were tracking a murder suspect in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant. (SKYFOX 5)
Deputies say that the suspect was shot in the leg, neck and face after opening fire on them with a sawed-off shotgun. (SKYFOX 5)
LITHONIA, Ga. -
The man accused of killing a toddler and leading deputies on a chase throughout Lithonia was back in the DeKalb County Courthouse Thursday morning.
Nicholas Clarence Wade, 27, is charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler.
The infant died February 3 and on February 5 members of the DeKalb Fugitive Squad tracked Wade down. Wade is still recovering from the three gunshot wounds he suffered on that day.
DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown tells FOX 5 News that Deputies were tracking Wade to serve him an arrest warrant in the case. They ended up near the parking lot of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church located at 6400 Woodrow Road in Lithia.
Sheriff Brown says Wade pointed a sawed-off shotgun at himself and then at deputies. He was able to get off a round before deputies opened fire. Wade was struck in the leg, neck and face.
Wade was transported to the detention wing at Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition. Once released, he was taken to the DeKalb County Jail.
Wade’s public defender entered a guilty plea on the murder charges Wade faces, stemming from the murder of 18-month-old Keon Belk. Police say Wade was watching the toddler when something went horribly wrong.
According to jail record, has been arrested multiple times with the latest being back in November of 2013.
Sheriff Brown clarified that the incident had nothing to do with New Birth and they don't believe Wade is a member at the church. They are not sure why he ended up at the location, but believe he may have spotted the undercover vehicles tracking him prior to the incident.
There were three girls in the SUV traveling with Wade. They appear okay, but are being checked out for any possible injuries.
Sheriff Brown says both the incident as well as the stabbing death of the 18-month-old girl are still under investigation.
School was in-session at New Birth Christian Academy, but deputies say that the students were no in any immediate danger from the incident.
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