Alyssa M. Edwards, 27, was charged on Monday with two counts of child endangerment by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, related to the Saturday shooting in Hayesville, Ohio, about 70 miles southwest of Cleveland.
Alyssa Edwards made her first court appearance, for a bond setting, via Skype while in the Ashland County Jail on Monday afternoon.
Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell, told the court that Edwards’ husband believed she was taking the two children to a babysitter after she and her husband both left for work. Instead, Tunnell said, she left the two children home alone.
Alyssa Edwards is facing child endangerment charges, after she left her 8-year-old son alone unsupervised, with his sister and the boy shot his sister
The .22-caliber rifle was kept in a gun locker with other firearms in the home, Tunnell said. It was unclear whether it was locked. Even if it were locked, he said, the 8-year-old knew how to unlock the gun locker and “was familiar with the firearm.”
“The ammunition was stored separate from the gun, and it appears the 8-year-old was able to load the magazine and chamber the first round,” Tunnell said.
Tunnell indicated Edwards was informed of the shooting of the 4-year-old by the 8-year-old around 10 a.m. while working at a nearby horse farm: “She came home, cleaned up a bed cover with blood on it, examined the 4-year-old and was aware the 4-year-old was injured at the time,” Tunnell said.
“Despite that knowledge, [Edwards], clocked back in at work at 11 a.m., again leaving the 8-year-old and the 4-year-old home alone, yet again.”
It wasn’t until between noon and 2 p.m. that Edwards took both children to the hospital, ‘after urine appeared to be leaking out of the girl’s wound’, Tunnell said.
The hospital then contacted police, and it wasn’t until then that the husband was told of the shooting, the prosecutor said.
The injured girl who was shot in the stomach area is still at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, but is in stable condition. The boy is in the custody of children’s services.
The boy was in the custody of children’s services.
An arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.
During Monday’s bond hearing Edwards tearfully answered ‘No’ when the magistrate inquired if there was any information that needed to considered before he set her bond at $30,000,
On Wednesday Edwards was charged with third-degree felony child endangering and the first-degree misdemeanor: “The first is a third-degree felony, and that was for letting her 4-year-old daughter get shot”.
“And the other is for not being home when her little son picked up a rifle and shot his sister multiple times,” Richert said.