Mom Convicted in Death of 4-Year-Old Who Shot Himself

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
December 20, 2019US News
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Mom Convicted in Death of 4-Year-Old Who Shot Himself
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RICHMOND, Va.—A Virginia woman has been convicted of child neglect in the death of her 4-year-old son who shot himself in the head last year.

Tiara Danielle Jefferson, 26, entered an Alford plea to the charge on Wednesday, acknowledging the evidence against her while maintaining her innocence, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Her plea was part of a deal under which prosecutors dropped a charge of felony homicide in the death of Demetrius Jefferson.

Jefferson told police she awoke to the sound of a gunshot on May 7, 2018, and found Demetrius shot in the head. She had dozed off after taking a friend’s medication, leaving Demetrius unattended for hours, police said.

She told police that the Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol had been stored on a shelf that she had previously seen her son access by climbing on top of a container, Henrico Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Toni Randall said.

Glock 27 .40 caliber
A woman shooting a Glock 27 .40 caliber handgun at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 15, 2011. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Police later learned the gun, which Jefferson told authorities was a family heirloom, had been reported stolen.

Jefferson faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced in March.

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