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Woman gets suspended sentence, probation for falling asleep and leaving loaded gun in home where boy accidentally shot and killed himself

ORANGE COUNTY - A judge sentenced a woman to 2 years in prison but suspended the sentence and gave her four years probation and a $1,000 fine on a charge of endangering a child. 

 

Prosecutors say Melissa Ringhardt, 19, was babysitting five-year-old John Allen Read last October in a home outside of Vidor when she left a loaded gun on a living room coffee table and took a nap. The gun wasn't hers. During that time the boy accidentally shot himself in the head and died.

 

Watch KFDM News at 6 for more on the story including reaction to the sentence. 

 

According to previous reports, Ringhardt told investigators she was afraid to be in the home alone.

 

 

 


 

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