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Man Turns Himself In After Wounding 3-Year-Old Son in Shooting

Canaan Lamont Fleming turned himself in to police for his role in connection with the shooting of his 3-year-old son (Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

YORK COUNTY — York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Deputies (YPSO) announced that a York County man who was wanted for shooting his 3-year-old son in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 23, has turned himself in.

The father, Canaan Fleming, 22, turned himself in on Thursday, March 24, and is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in an amount greater than 5 lbs., maiming, reckless handling of a fire arm, and two counts of child abuse.

He transported to and booked into the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

The child’s mother, Ayannah Mercedes Chapman, 22, was arrested on Wednesday evening. She is also charged with two felony counts of endangerment, cruelty or injuries to children as well as possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in an amount greater than 5 lbs.

The drug charges for both individuals stem from findings discovered during the post-shooting investigation in which YPSO found approximately 35 lbs. of marijuana and $15,000 in cash in the apartment where the shooting took place, which is located at the 7400 block of George Washington Memorial Highway.

The victim was taken to Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News by a family member. At approximately 3 a.m. on Wednesday, hospital staff contacted York County’s Emergency Communications Center regarding the shooting.

YPSO notes that the victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released into the care of a family member that same day.

WYDaily will continue to keep you up-to-date on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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