Mother Indicted After Toddler Killed
(Memphis) Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced in a press conference Saturday charges will be filed against a mother whose child was shot and killed.
A Shelby County grand jury indicted Jessica Johnson for reckless homicide and Clarence Coleman of reckless endangerment for the fatal shooting of 4-year-old Joshua Johnson.
The shooting happened in the 3900 block of Camelot Lane on February 11, 2013. Investigators say the child found a loaded handgun in the bedroom and shot himself.
“This tragedy should be a wake-up call to all gun owners,” said Weirich. “It is your responsibility to make sure children can’t reach or use your guns.”
If you own a gun and don’t have a gun lock, the District Attorney’s office urges you to visit any of the Memphis Police Department precincts to get a free gun safety kit which includes a locking device and instructions.
You can pick up gun locks at these precincts:
Old Allen Station, 3633 Old Allen Road; Raines Station, 791 East Raines Road; Mt. Moriah Station, 2627 Mt. Moriah Rd; Crump Station 949 E.H. Crump Blvd.; Tillman Station 426 Tillman St.; South Main Station, 545 South Main; Appling Farms Station, 6850 Whitten Bend Cove; Airways Station, 2245 Truitt Street; Ridgeway, Station 3840 Ridgeway Road