A man wanted for allegedly shooting his baby and girlfriend earlier this week in Millville was arrested Thursday morning outside an apartment on Pear Street in Vineland.

Markese Childers, 27, was taken to the Cumberland County Jail and held on $750,000 bail. He was arrested by officers with the United States Marshals's New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Force, State Police and Millville Police Department.

Police said he faces weapons charges as well as charges of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts each of aggravated assault and endangering an injured victim.

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Millville police said law enforcement also found a .38-caliber revolver, believed to be used in the shooting, at the Pear Street residence. Ballistic tests on the weapon are pending.

Police did not say what relationship Childers had with the people at the apartment, or what led them there.

A warrant was issued for Childers on Wednesday after police alleged he accidently shot his infant son and his girlfriend, Belinda Brown, in their apartment on South Third Street in Millville on Monday.

The shot traveled through the six-week-old boy's upper left leg and stopped in Brown's abdomen. Brown was taken to South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland and underwent surgery, while the baby was airlifted to the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

Childers fled after the shooting, said police, who added that Brown initially told police that an unknown man broke into her residence, demanded cash and fired the shot. Police have not announced charges against Brown for what they called "lying" in an earlier news release.

Childers served more than a year in state prison for burglary and heroin possession, the state Department of Corrections website shows. He also served five more months last year for driving with a suspended license.

Contact Derek Harper:

609-272-7046

DHarper@pressofac.com

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