4-year-old fighting for his life after stepdad shoots him in the head before killing mother, grandmother
37-year-old Matthew Splittgerber shot 4-year-old Corden Fidler, the child's mother Shelly Splittgerber and his grandmother before turning the gun on himself
A four-year-old boy identified as Corden Fidler is fighting for his life after he was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his head after his stepfather shot him, his mother and his grandmother before shooting himself. Reports state that the child's mother and grandmother succumbed to the gunshot wounds.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the treatment of the four-year-old, who is in a critical condition and has undergone multiple surgeries.
The 36-year-old mother, Shelly Splittgerber, was reportedly granted a temporary protection order on Wednesday against her 37-year-old estranged husband, Matthew Splittgerber, citing stalking and harassment, according to KWTX.
Shelly, in her application, had reportedly claimed that Matthew was sending her menacing texts and she feared for the safety of her child. Reports state that Matthew allegedly sent texts to Shelly and her ex-husband, in the days leading up to the shooting, mentioning that their son was in "immediate danger." The mother also claimed that the accused had followed her son’s bus on the morning of December 14, according to KXXV.
The protective order reportedly said that Matthew was barred from going within 200 yards of his wife, her son and her parents. The Bell County Sheriff’s Department, however, said that the accused was never served the order, according to the news outlet.
Shelly, a school teacher, was reportedly found shot to death in the front yard of her house in Temple on Thursday morning. The incident occurred a day after she had received the protective order. Her son was also found lying wounded near her, he was reportedly shot in the head and stomach, according to reports.
Matthew reportedly barricaded himself inside the home with Shelly’s 64-year-old grandmother Sherry Gray. Shots were reportedly fired during the standoff between them which lasted for hours. The entire incident ended with SWAT officials finding Matthew and Gray’s bodies in the home.