California mother, 37, and her son, 14, have been arrested ‘after he accidentally shot his sister in the leg ‘but mother ignored it and kept driving home’
- Veronika Pyatt charged with child abuse after police said her son, 14, fired a gun into her car and hit his 20-month-old sister in the leg
- According to police, Pyatt continued to drive home and then proceeded to unload the groceries while her son threw the gun in the trash.
- Pyatt claimed she didn’t know her daughter had been shot until her son told her; she didn’t call the police to report the shooting
A California woman has been arrested on child molestation charges after police said her 14-year-old son shot his 20-month-old sister in the leg of their mother’s car.
San Bernardino police said the mother, identified as 37-year-old Veronika Pyatt, drove home and then proceeded to unload groceries instead of checking on her daughter and calling 911.
Pyatt, who claimed she was unaware her baby had been hit by a bullet, was admitted to the district child on charges of child abuse with the possibility of serious bodily harm, a felony.
Veronika Pyatt, 37 (left and right), of California has been charged with child abuse after police say her son, 14, fired a gun into her car and beat his 20-month-old half sister in the leg
Pyatt is being held on $100,000 bail. Her son resides in the San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention Center.
According to police, the incident began shortly after 4 p.m., when officers went to a hospital for a report of a shooting.
Investigators determined that while Pyatt was driving near 16th Street and East Street, her 14-year-old son “manipulated” a loaded gun in the back seat of her car.
Police say Pyatt continued to drive home (pictured) and then continued to unload groceries as her son threw the gun in the trash
The gun fired a single bullet and struck the teen’s half sister in the right thigh.
“Although the 14-year-old told his mother that his gun went off, she went to their residence on the 2700 block of North G Street, claiming she did not know her daughter had been beaten,” police said.
Once home, the 14-year-old boy got out of the car with his injured sister in his arms and reportedly put the gun and other evidence in a trash can while the children’s mother unloaded the groceries.
“Pyatt never attempted to remove the minor’s gun or physically examine her children,” the statement said. “In addition, Pyatt did not inform the police of the incident.”
After learning that her daughter had been shot, Pyatt took her to San Bernardino Community Hospital (pictured)
Pyatt’s son eventually told her that his sister had been shot and she took her daughter to San Bernardino Community Hospital, where the staff notified the police.
The toddler was eventually transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Youth and Family Service has been informed of the incident and is conducting its own investigation.