Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Two-Year-Old

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Rachel Elzufon

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January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) - The man accused of shooting a two-year-old girl in Niagara Falls back in November has turned himself in.

Willie Scott Junior is charged with assault and criminal use of a firearm -- both felonies.

Two-year-old J'Raeona was in a car with a friend of her mother's, when Scott allegedly opened fire on the vehicle, striking the child in the face.

Scott was arraigned after turning himself in on Wednesday. Court officials say he plead not guilty to assault and criminal use of a firearm.

Scott was remanded without bail, and is currently in the Niagara County Jail.

Niagara Falls Police named Scott as a suspect shortly after the November 27th shooting at the parking lot outside the Hometown Market.

Scott turned himself in with a lawyer by himself.

Police say Scott is not uncooperative, but a motive remains unclear.

Scott is not talking to police and has not said anything about his guilt.

Investigators believe Scott could have been shooting at a man sitting in the front seat of the vehicle, who was friends with J'Raeona Moore's mother.

Lieutenant Michael Trane said that "certainly seems a likely suspicion. But Mr. Scott turned himself in with a lawyer, he isn't saying anything, so it would really just be speculation on our part as to what the intent was."

Scott was also wanted on outstanding warrants unrelated to this incident for charges of unlawful possession of marijuana 5th and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 3rd.

Willie Scott will next be in court later this month.