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Mother of 6-year-old boy who shot teacher in Virginia arrested

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Mother of a 6 year old boy who shot and injured his teacher A man in Virginia has been formally arrested on charges of child neglect and failing to secure his handgun, police announced Thursday.

The Newport News Police Department released a booking photo and a brief statement from the 25-year-old woman who said she turned herself in to a local jail. His attorney, James Allenson, said he was released from custody after posting a $5,000 bond and a status hearing is scheduled for Friday in Newport News Circuit Court.

“She is nervous and scared because she has never been charged before, but she is holding up well,” Ellenson wrote in an email Thursday.

Officials announced this on Monday Deja Taylor was being accused with felony child neglect and misdemeanor charges of endangering a child by careless storage of a firearm.

Police have arrested him after more than three months have passed says shot his son and injured first grade teacher Abby Zwerner as she sat at her classroom reading table. Police said the child used his mother’s gun, which was purchased legally.

Virginia elementary school teacher Abigail Zwerner poses for a portrait on March 20, 2023 at an undisclosed location in Virginia.
Abigail Zwerner.Carlos Burnett for NBC News

Zwerner sued for $40 million against the school system last week, accusing school officials of gross negligence and ignoring numerous warnings from teachers and others that the boy had taken a gun to school that day.

The city prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that it is investigating whether “actions or omissions” of any school employees could lead to criminal charges.

The January shooting at Richneck Elementary has shocked Newport News, a shipbuilding city of about 185,000 people near the Chesapeake Bay.

Police Chief Steve Drew has repeatedly described the shooting as “intentional”. He said there was no warning and no struggle before Zwerner pointed the gun at him and fired one round, hitting him in the arm and chest.

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Zwerner, 25, kick your students out of class before being taken to hospital, where she remained for nearly two weeks.

The felony charge filed against the boy’s mother is punishable by up to five years in prison. The misdemeanor charge of negligent possession of a firearm is punishable by up to one year in prison.

Ellenson has previously stated that she has no criminal record. he also said that his gun was safe On a top shelf in her closet was a trigger lock.

The family has said the boy has a “severe disability” and was under a care plan in which either his mother or father accompanied him to class every day. The family said the week of the shooting was the first time a parent was not in class with her.

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