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Judge sets $2.5M bond for Tampa father charged with shooting children in head

Posted at 10:33 AM, Sep 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-04 10:33:32-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The 30-year-old father accused of shooting his daughter and son in the head in Tampa earlier this week was arraigned Friday morning.

A Hillsborough County court public information officer says that Judge Catherine Catlin set Jermaine Lavanda Bass' bond to $2.5 million.

Bass, per HCSO, shot and killed his 5-year-old daughter and also shot his 8-year-old son in Tampa at the Armature Gate Townhomes on Monday night.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Chronister said both of the children were shot multiple times in the head, and Bass claimed the shooting was an accident.

The 5-year-old was pronounced dead after she was taken to Tampa General Hospital, and the 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after he underwent surgery earlier this week.

Bass is charged with premeditated first-degree murder, attempted premeditated first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.