RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman has been charged with felony murder and child neglect in the fatal shooting of her 4-year-old son.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 25-year-old Tiara Danielle Jefferson was indicted on the charges Monday in the May death of Demetrius Jefferson. A police search warrant says authorities responding to a shooting in May found Demetrius shot in the head. It says Jefferson told authorities Demetrius shot himself.
The newspaper says the charge of felony murder is brought when a death occurs while the defendant is accused of committing another felony, such as child neglect. The newspaper says a spokesman for the family told authorities Jefferson took medicine, fell asleep and awoke at the sound of a gunshot.
It’s unclear if Jefferson has a lawyer to comment.