Mother of 6-year-old boy who shot his teacher charged with child neglect

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who shot his first-grade teacher in Newport News, Virginia, in January, has been indicted on one count of felony child neglect and one count of negligently leaving a firearm and endangering a child, according to a press release from the Commonwealth Attorney’s office reported Monday.

The boy will not be criminally charged, Newport News Commonwealth attorney Howard Gwynn said last month.

Deja Taylor’s son shot her teacher Abigail Zwerner, 25, on Jan. 6 at Richneck Elementary School, leaving her in the hospital with gunshot wounds to the hand and chest, investigators said.

The indictment comes after a “thorough investigation” by police and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, according to the news release.

James Ellenson, one of the family’s lawyers, said in an email: “She will turn herself in later this week.”

He declined to comment further on the accusation.

The family said in a statement that the boy is “acutely disabled” and was under a care plan that required one of his parents to attend school with him, even though he was unaccompanied on the day of the shooting. “We will mourn our absence on this day for the rest of our lives,” the statement read.

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