Adrian Keith Neil in arraignment Sept. 20, 2011. (FOX Carolina)
Adrian Keith Neal (Greenwood County Jail)
A memorial for Kay Timpson at a family member's home. (Sept. 20, 2011/FOX Carolina)
Nariyaz Keytasia Neal (SLED)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The father of a 2-month-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert Monday evening was charged Tuesday afternoon in the killing of the girl's mother.
Adrian Keith Neal, 40, was formally charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
According to the arrest warrant, Keith Neal was traveling with Kaybreisha "Kay" Timpson, 20, in his car along with their daughter, Nariyaz Keytasia Neal, Monday.
The warrant said the two got into a verbal argument and Keith Neal retrieved a gun out of the glove compartment, and fired one round that struck Timpson in the left hand, forearm and chest area.
Neal shot Timpson again, striking her in the lower back, as she exited the car, according to the warrant. She collapsed on the side of Merrywood Road.
Neal fled the area with the baby. An amber alert was issued for the girl. She was later found when her father turned himself in, according to authorities.
Timpson died shortly after exiting the vehicle from the gunshot wounds, according to the warrant.
Timpson's family told FOX Carolina that Neal was taken by her father Keith Neal. They said Timpson and Keith Neal were no longer together and on Sunday he was staking out Timpson's house.
Investigators said Keith Neal called dispatchers after hearing about the Amber Alert and said he wanted to turn himself in to authorities. They said Neal waited at a market in Hodges for deputies to arrive.
"When the Amber Alert hit the airwaves, the guy got nervous and made some phone calls and decided the best thing is to turn himself in," said John Murray, of the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office. "The Amber Alert really helped us to capture him."
Timpson's family said she was a great mom and she only had the one daughter.
Timpson's father told FOX Carolina that Keith Neal was a quiet man that had never been violent towards his daughter before.
FOX Carolina ran a SLED background check on Keith Neal that showed he had several different charges on his record including criminal domestic violence charges in 1995, 1998 and 2000 and an assault and battery charge in 1996.
Keith Neal will remain in jail until his next court appearance before a circuit judge.
The family has not made any funeral plans yet for Timpson.
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