Police Want Charge for Mother Shot by 4-Year-Old
PALATKA, Florida (AP) — The Latest on a 4-year-old boy who shot his mother in the back as they were riding in a pickup truck (all times local):
2:35 p.m. - Police are recommending a misdemeanor charge for the mother of a 4-year-old boy who got a hold of her handgun and shot her as they were riding in a pickup truck.
Putnam County Sheriff's Capt. Gator DeLoach said Tuesday that Jamie Gilt put a loaded gun underneath the front seat and the weapon slid into the back where her son Lane was riding in a booster seat. Authorities said the child had recently learned how to unbuckle himself and picked up the gun. The boy fired through the front seat, hitting his mother in the back. She was in the hospital but DeLoach wasn't sure if she was still there or her current condition.
Police say they are recommending a charge of allowing a child access to a firearm. He says it will be up to prosecutors to decide whether to file the charge. She has not been arrested.
The state's child welfare agency is also investigating the March 8 shooting.
10:20 a.m. - Police in Florida will discuss the results of their investigation into the shooting of mother by her 4-year-old boy who shot his mother in the back after getting ahold of her loaded gun.
The sheriff's office is scheduled to address reporters Tuesday afternoon about its criminal inquiry into the mother, Jamie Gilt. She's apparently a gun lover who made numerous social media postings about gun rights. She's been hospitalized since the March 8 incident.
She was shot on the back while driving after the boy got hold of the loaded gun and fired through the driver's seat.
The 31-year-old mother could face charges of leaving a weapon unsecured and improperly stored, but authorities have said she legally owned the firearm.
Florida's Department of Children and Families also is investigating.
(Story by: The Associated Press)