Authorities say Texas teenager high on pot when 5-year-old shot himself
According to a probable cause affidavit, 19-year-old Melissa Ringhardt of Vidor, Texas was high on marijuana while she was babysitting both a 5-year-old boy and a 6 month old child.
While she was asleep, the boy shot himself and died. Ringhardt has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child. She was arrested the day after the boy died and is in Orange County Jail on $250,000 bond.
She had been living with the family in the south east Texas town and the children’s parents were gone at the time of the shooting.
The affidavit says Ringhardt was “intoxicated throughout the day” and left a .40-caliber handgun on a coffee table while she went to take a nap.
She told authorities she was carrying the gun because she was afraid of being alone in the home.
She said that when she awoke, she found the 5-year-old boy lying in the living room with a gunshot wound, authorities said.
By: Stephen Carter
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