610SPOR2 35h_CBSSportsRad_Houston

News

Texas Baby-Sitter Charged After Child Shoots Himself With Her Gun

View Comments
Featured Items

77820352_8PHOTOS: The Bikini: from the '50s to Now

77820352_8Meet The 6-10s

77820352_8Best 7 Events At The Astrodome

77820352_8World Cup's Hottest Fans

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_8JJ Watt Will Deliver Pizza To You?!

77820352_8Photo: Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Famous Booty & Topless!

77820352_8Reporter Shot At While Covering A Homicide

77820352_8Do’s And Don’ts Of Kissing

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
File photo of a crime scene. (Photo by Joseph Devenney/Getty Images)

File photo of a crime scene. (Photo by Joseph Devenney/Getty Images)

ORANGE, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas woman has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child after a 5-year-old boy in her care died when he apparently shot himself with her gun.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says a judge on Wednesday arraigned 19-year-old Melissa Ringhardt of Vidor and set bond at $250,000.

Investigators say Ringhardt was baby-sitting John Read in his Vidor home on Monday when he accidentally shot himself.

Authorities say Ringhardt, who was arrested Tuesday, was living with the Read family and the parents were gone during the shooting. The couple’s 6-month-old child was also at the residence but wasn’t hurt.

Ringhardt told authorities she was afraid to be home alone and left her pistol on a table when she took a nap.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus