A Chicago mom has been charged after her second-grade son discovered her gun below her mattress and introduced it to highschool the place it by accident discharged and grazed a 7-year-old classmate on Tuesday.
Tatanina Kelly, 28, was arraigned on Wednesday on three misdemeanor baby endangerment counts. She was launched from the Cook County Jail on a $1,000 bond.
“We are inches away, possibly centimeters away, from a very different case and a very different tragedy,” Cook County Judge Michael Hogan mentioned on the listening to.
Prosecutors alleged that Kelly’s 8-year-old son discovered the gun beneath his mom’s mattress and introduced it to Walt Disney Magnet School on town’s North Side in a backpack, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Just earlier than 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the gun discharged, cops mentioned.
The gunfire “caused some debris to ricochet in your child’s classroom, which hit a member of our school community and caused minor scrapes,” the college’s principal advised mother and father in an e mail.
The 7-year-old sufferer was grazed within the abdomen and was taken to the hospital in steady situation.
After the gun was discharged, a instructor grabbed the backpack and handed it over to highschool safety officers who discovered a Glock 19 handgun inside, prosecutors mentioned Wednesday.
Kelly legally obtained the weapon and has a legitimate firearm proprietor’s identification card.
Kelly’s lawyer, Rodger Clarke, conceded that the firearm ought to have been correctly locked away, however mentioned the incident “ wasn’t something she [Kelly] planned or something she did on her own volition.”
Judge Hogan mentioned that whereas the capturing might not have been intentional, Kelly’s failure to retailer the gun correctly was “supremely negligent.”
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