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5-year-old Texas boy accidentally kills himself with napping babysitter's gun

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  • Started 7 years ago by Vitalogy
  • Latest reply from Alfredo_T

  1. Vitalogy

    A teenage babysitter was arrested Tuesday and charged in the death of a 5-year-old Texas boy who accidentally shot himself with the babysitter's gun while she was napping, authorities said.

    Melissa Ann Ringhardt, 19, of Vidor was being held in the Orange County Jail on a felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child, the county sheriff's office said in a statement. She could face a sentence of six months to two years if convicted.


    Bond was set Wednesday at $250,000, NBC station KBMT of Beaumont reported.

    The sheriff's office said Ringhardt, who lives with the boy's family, left her semiautomatic .40-caliber handgun on a coffee table when she went into a bedroom to take a nap Monday afternoon. When she woke up, she couldn't immediately find the boy, identified as John Read, according to the sheriff's office. She eventually discovered him dead in the living room, it said.

    Advertise | AdChoicesBecause the home has no telephone, Ringhardt carried John and a 6-month-old child, whom she was also watching and who wasn't identified, about a block to his grandparents' home to call 911, the sheriff's office said. John was declared dead there when emergency crews arrived.

    No phone, but you've got a gun? Of course though, this is Texass.

    Posted on October 23, 2013 - 03:21 PM #
  2. duxrule

    Then there's this one:

    Calif. deputies shoot, kill 13-year-old carrying fake rifle

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KPIX) — A 13-year-old carrying a toy rifle was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon in California.

    Lawrence Cook Middle School Assistant Principal Linsey Gannon later identified the victim as Andy Lopez, an eight-grade student.

    According to the Sonoma County sheriff’s office, the boy was carrying a replica rifle that deputies thought was a real weapon.

    Fake rifle

    The shooting happened around 3 p.m. near the corner of West Robles and Moorland avenues, southwest of Santa Rosa, when two deputies on patrol spotted a male with a gun and called for backup.

    Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O’Leary told KPIX that deputies ordered the male to drop the gun before firing several shots at him.

    The boy collapsed, falling on top of the rifle. It was when deputies ordered him to move away from the gun that they realized he was unresponsive.
    The deputies secured the rifle and called for medical personnel, but the teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

    It was then that the deputies realized the rifle was a replica. Additionally, officials said that the teen also had a plastic gun in his waistband.

    Posted on October 23, 2013 - 03:47 PM #
  3. skeptical

    Well, there's nothing quite safe as having an armed babysitter, right skybill?

    Posted on October 23, 2013 - 11:38 PM #
  4. Alfredo_T

    My condolences go out to this family. Nonetheless, did this young woman think that guns are talismans of some kind? One tragic outcome occurs. Of course, there were other possible consequences of leaving a loaded firearm unattended:

    • The boy kills his younger sibling
    • The boy kills Ringhardt
    • An intruder breaks into the house and uses the gun on Ringhardt and/or the children
    Posted on October 24, 2013 - 01:45 AM #