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2 charged in shooting death of 7-year-old Detroit girl

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News
Reginae Williams

Two men have been charged in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old Detroit girl last month, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday.

Emmett Williams Jr., 19, of Detroit and Christion Mitchell-Childress, 22, of Southfield face counts including first-degree murder in the death of Reginae Williams.

Authorities allege the pair drove by the child's home in the 3900 block of Bedford about 8:20 p.m. Oct. 28 and fired into the building, striking her in the head as she slept in the living room. Reginae child died from her wounds two days later.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder, discharge of a firearm at a building causing death, discharge of a weapon from a motor vehicle causing death, and three counts of felony firearm.

Emmett Williams Jr.

Williams, who was arraigned Thursday in 36th District Court, is not related to the victim, the prosecutor's office said. 

A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf and he was remanded to the Wayne County Jail without bond. His probable cause conference is Dec. 3 and his preliminary examination is Dec. 10, both in 36th District Court.

Mitchell-Childress is charged with first-degree murder, discharge of a firearm at a building causing death and discharge of a weapon from a motor vehicle causing death.

Police continue their search for Mitchell-Childress, according to the prosecutor's office. Anyone with information is asked to call the DPD Homicide Unit at (313) 596-2260. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

More details on the shooting will be disclosed during a preliminary examination.

During a news conference Oct. 30, Reginae's grieving mother said religious faith requires that she forgive those who took her child's life but that she wants justice for her daughter.

Christion Mitchell-Childress

"Reginae was only 7 years old; such a sweet, sweet, beautiful baby," Williams said during a press conference at the Detroit Police 5th Precinct, near her home where the shooting took place.

"To the person who murdered my baby: I first would like to offer you Jesus Christ," Williams said. "In order for me and my family to move on, because I'm a believer, I have to forgive you. That doesn't mean that it doesn't hurt, and it doesn't mean that I don't want justice."