Mother shot by child charged with neglect

Mother shot by child charged with neglect (Image 1)
Mother shot by child charged with neglect (Image 1)

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A mother who was accidentally shot by her 11-year-old son has been charged with child neglect.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports 36-year-old Stacy Duggan was booked into the Loudon County jail on Monday.

The boy's father, 37-year-old Daniel Duggan, also was charged in connection with the shooting.

Investigators say the child found the loaded .22 Derringer pistol between the mattress and slats of a bunk bed last week and thought it was a toy.

The father was previously charged with child abuse after his son was injured in a 2011 traffic crash that left the child with motor skills problems.

The father is free on a $2,500 bond pending a Nov. 7 hearing. No bond has yet been set for the mother, who was to be arraigned on Tuesday.

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