Tragedy has struck a College Park family. A teenage boy was killed at the hands of his mother. What is believed to be an accidental shooting seems to have stemmed from a large fight outside the family home. Now that family wonders how to pick up the pieces of their lives.
The young man passed away after being shot in the back of the head. At the time, the young man was reportedly attempting to break up a fight when shots were fired by his mother. One shot hit another teen in the buttocks while he was dealt a fatal shot in the head. The mother of the young man has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, reckless conduct, cruelty to children, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and violation of the family violence act. The father of the teen has said that the mother is on suicide watch in the jail.
The Georgia state statutes allow for domestic violence charges to be filed against family members for the purpose of gaining protective orders. Under the terms of the statute, spouses, children or anyone that lives within the household is eligible for protection. Family violence includes battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault or any felony.
Here, the mother has been charged with several of the acts that are included in the statute. She allegedly shot her son, so it fits the definitions under the family violence act. She waived her first appearance and is due back in court at the end of the month. As with all domestic violence charges, the consequences have huge personal and professional consequences that can be far reaching. Quality legal counsel should be seriously considered to protect the reputation and constitutional rights of the accused.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "College Park teen dies 2 days after mother allegedly shot him," Alexis Stevens, April 6, 2015