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Chicago mom charged after gun goes off in son’s backpack at school

Chicago mom charged after gun goes off in sons backpack


A Chicago mother has been charged after her second-grade son found her gun under her bed and brought it to school where it accidentally discharged and grazed a 7-year-old classmate on Tuesday.

Tatanina Kelly, 28, was arraigned on Wednesday on three misdemeanor child endangerment counts. She was released from the Cook County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

“We are inches away, possibly centimeters away, from a very different case and a very different tragedy,” Cook County Judge Michael Hogan said at the hearing.

Prosecutors alleged that Kelly’s 8-year-old son found the gun underneath his mother’s bed and brought it to Walt Disney Magnet School on the city’s North Side in a backpack, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the gun discharged, cops said.

The gunfire “caused some debris to ricochet in your child’s classroom, which hit a member of our school community and caused minor scrapes,” the school’s principal told parents in an email.

Prosecutors say that the child found the gun under his mother Tatanina Kelly’s bed.
AP

The 7-year-old victim was grazed in the stomach and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

After the gun was discharged, a teacher grabbed the backpack and handed it over to school security officers who found a Glock 19 handgun inside, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kelly legally obtained the weapon and has a valid firearm owner’s identification card.

Walt Disney School
Cook County Judge Michael Hogan called Tatanina Kelly “supremely negligent.”
AP

Kelly’s attorney, Rodger Clarke, conceded that the firearm should have been properly locked away, but said the incident “ wasn’t something she [Kelly] planned or something she did on her own volition.”

Judge Hogan said that while the shooting may not have been intentional, Kelly’s failure to store the gun properly was “supremely negligent.”

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