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Known criminal held on $2M bond, accused of fatally shooting 4-year-old Akron girl

Darnell Bitting. (Source: Akron police) Darnell Bitting. (Source: Akron police)

The suspect accused of fatally shooting a 4-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Akron Municipal Court.

Akron police say Darnell Bitting, 31, fired an assault rifle into a car on Mercer Avenue on Feb. 16, killing Janaya Swain. The little girl was sitting in the backseat when she was shot.

Janaya's mom had driven to Bitting's home to gather some of her stuff, according to Akron police.

When no one answered the door, she allegedly broke out several windows. That is when Bitting came out with the rifle and shot into the car, according to police.

Three other children and their grandmother were also in the car. They were not injured.

After the shooting, the grandma moved to the driver's seat and drove the car down the street. Janaya died at Akron Children's Hospital.

Akron police and the Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Bitting on Saturday morning. 

He's being held on a $2 million bond. 

Akron man accused of murdering 4-year-old girl has long criminal history

Court records show Bitting has a long criminal history.

He'll be back in court on March 7.

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