Mother, boyfriend charged in boy’s shooting death

Cookeville High School student arrested for bringing gun to school  (Image 1)
Cookeville High School student arrested for bringing gun to school (Image 1)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A mother and her boyfriend are in jail after the woman's 4-year-old boy shot himself with a gun that had been stored in a shoe box.

The Commercial Appeal reports the Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Jessica Johnson on a charge of reckless homicide. Clarence Coleman is charged with reckless endangerment.

4-year-old Joshua Johnson accidentally killed himself on Feb. 11 after finding the gun in a bedroom.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said the indictment should serve as a wake-up call to gun owners that they must keep guns out of the reach of children. The Memphis Police Department provides free cable-style gun locks at all precincts.

Johnson faces between two and twelve years if convicted. Coleman faces up to six years.

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