Police are investigating an injury to a Baytown 16-year-old who was brought to the hospital about 1 p.m. Saturday with a gunshot wound to the face.

Baytown police spokesman Lt. Steve Dorris said the victim was transferred to a Houston hospital for surgery and is expected to survive.

The shooting is reported to have happened in Pelly Park, Dorris said, but police have not be able to find physical evidence at the scene or witnesses who can confirm that. 

It is possible that the shooting was accidental, Dorris said, and “at this point we do not have anything that indicates he was targeted.”

Investigators will speak with the victim again after his medical treatment.

Man accused of burning cat

A 30-year-old Baytown man is expected to face a felony animal cruelty charge after he reportedly burned a cat in the middle of the road in the 100 block of North Dolphin Harbor about 1:30 a.m. Monday. It is not clear if the cat was dead before being burned or if the fire led to its death.

Dorris said police called to the scene saw the man kneeling over the cat with a machete in his hand. When he saw officers, he threw the cat into a nearby ditch and locked himself in to a nearby residence.

The District Attorney’s Office accepted an animal cruelty charge, Dorris said, but the man’s name will not be released until the arrest warrant is active.

A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of the cat. A necropsy is similar to an autopsy but is the term used when an animal is being examined.

Custody disorder

Three women were jailed about 8:15 p.m. Sunday after a child custody dispute turned into a violent confrontation.

Police say a man reported that 41-year-old Ginger Smith came to his apartment in the 7500 block of Decker Drive in reference to custody of his child. During that confrontation, Smith reportedly used a Taser on a resident of the apartment.

Another woman, 54-year-old Batina Smith, claimed that Ginger Smith was being surrounded by members of the father’s family, so she produced a handgun and pointed it at them to get them to calm down, police report.

Also during the conflict, 21-year-old Destiny Senegal, Batina Smith’s niece, reportedly punched the 15-year-old sister of the child’s father.

Dorris said Batina Smith was charged with disorderly conduct-displaying a firearm and the other two women were charged with assault.

House hit

A resident of the 4500 block of Mill Creek Drive reported Sunday that a house had been hit by a bullet.

Police said a bullet apparently was fired through the garage door and into the wall of a closet inside the house. No one was injured. 


• Tools and other items with a total value of about $630 were reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of East Lobit Avenue Saturday.

• A gun was reported stolen from a residence in the 4600 block of Village Lane Saturday.

• Two vehicles were reportedly broken into at a fitness center in the 6500 block of Garth Road about 1 p.m. Sunday. Electronics and cash were reported stolen.


• About $150 worth of property was reported stolen in the 5100 block of Shirley Street Saturday.

• A watercraft valued at $2,500 was reported stolen in the 400 block of south Burnett Drive.

• A stolen vehicle was recovered in the 2900 block of West Baker Road about 8 p.m. Saturday.

• A vehicle was reported stolen from the 900 block of Northwood Drive shortly after midnight Monday.

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