Accused Fort Worth man chased his kids with guns, son told CPS

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FORT WORTH -- The father charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his 9-year-old daughter would "play" with his children by chasing them with his guns, a younger sibling told a Child Protective Services interviewer.

Thomas Brock Wilson played such games after taking prescription pills that made him sleepy and unaware of what he was doing, his 7-year-old son told the interviewer, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram.

"He stated that his dad has shown him how to load and unload guns and plays around with them and pretends he's going to get them with it," the CPS worker noted, according to the affidavit. "He stated that he takes the bullets out, and points the guns [at the child he is] closest to. He stated that he runs after them."

Wilson was formally charged Friday with manslaughter. He is accused of recklessly causing the death his daughter, Anaya Cheyenne Wilson.

Wilson remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Monday with bail set at $100,000.

His attorney, Jim Lane, did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Police went to the Wilson home in the 13700 block of Cherokee Ranch Road, in far north Fort Worth near Alliance Airport, on the evening of May 30 after an accidental shooting was reported.

Wilson told officers that he and his wife were in a bedroom with Anaya, planning a family camping trip to Lake Ray Roberts to celebrate the end of the school year.

The couple have three other children.

He said he was moving his Taurus .45-caliber handgun to a soft-sided carrying case and was trying to eject the magazine when his hand slipped, causing the gun to fire. Wilson told police that his hands were greasy because he had been working on a fishing reel.

"Mr. Wilson said that he was taught in his concealed-carry class to keep a round in the chamber of the weapon or otherwise it was useless," according to the affidavit written by homicide Detective Matt Barron.

The girl's mother told police she heard a "pop" and realized that the gun had fired.

She said her daughter had blood coming from her mouth and nose when she turned toward her and said, "Mom."

Anaya was taken to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, where she died.

'He does not know what he is doing'

Wilson has severe depression and takes several prescription medicines, the affidavit states.

His 7-year-old son told a CPS interviewer June 13 that his father chased the children with his guns "because he had pills that make him sleepy, and he does not know what he is doing."

"He stated that he takes the pills in the morning and at night, and he plays with the guns in the middle," the CPS interviewer noted.

On the morning after the shooting, Wilson discussed his psychological problems and medications with an elementary school employee as he and his wife dropped off their son.

The school notified police about the conversation, and an investigator interviewed the employee.

His speech slurred and pupils dilated, Wilson told the employee that he had lost his job and that the last four years had been difficult.

About the shooting, he said he bought a cheap gun that had gone off when he dropped the magazine. He said his daughter had been about 11/2 feet away when the gun went off and "dropped like a ton of bricks."

He then showed the employee a picture on a camera of the window frame that the projectile had struck after passing through his daughter.

"Thomas Wilson made the statement that he could only be prosecuted if the gun had ... been left unattended," Barron wrote in the affidavit.

An inconsistent

account

Investigators returned to the Wilson home June 1, recording video as Wilson and his wife demonstrated their positions and activities at the time of the shooting.

"Thomas Wilson's demonstration appears to suggest that the barrel of this firearm should been turned in a direction to his right or left which would have not placed it in the direction of Anaya Wilson," the affidavit states. "Anaya was standing in front of Thomas Wilson with the approximate width of a queen sized bed separating them."

Investigators found other inconsistencies in Wilson's account, the affidavit states.

Wilson said the gun had been positioned low and near the top of the bed when it discharged, but an autopsy found the bullet had entered the top of Anaya's right shoulder and traveled left through her chest at a slight downward angle.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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