California mom, 37, and her son, 14, are arrested ‘after he accidentally shot his baby sister in the leg “but mom ignored it and kept driving home”‘
- Veronika Pyatt charged with child abuse after police say her son, 14, discharged a gun in her car and hit his 20-month-old sister in the leg
- Police say Pyatt continued driving home and then proceeded to unload groceries while her son dumped gun in the trashcan
- Pyatt claimed she did not know her daughter had been shot until her son told her; she did not call police to report the shooting
A California woman has been arrested on child abuse charges after police say her 14-year-old son accidentally shot his 20-month-old sister in the leg inside their mother’s car.
According to the San Bernardino Police Department, the mother, identified as 37-year-old Veronika Pyatt, continued driving home and then proceeded to unload groceries instead of checking on her daughter, or calling 911.
Pyatt, who claimed she did not know her baby had been struck by a bullet, was booked into the county child on a charge of child abuse with possibility of great bodily harm, a felony.
Veronika Pyatt, 37 (left and right), from California has been charged with child abuse after police say her son, 14, discharged a gun in her car and hit his 20-month-old half-sister in the leg
Pyatt is being held on $100,000 bail. Her son remains at the San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention Center.
According to the police, the incident began unfolding shortly after 4pm, when officers responded to a hospital for a report of a shooting.
Investigators determined that while Pyatt was driving in the area of 16th Street and East Street, her 14-year-old son was ‘manipulating’ a loaded gun in the backseat of her car.
Police say Pyatt continued driving home (pictured) and then proceeded to unload groceries while her son dumped the gun in the trashcan
The gun discharged a single round, striking the teen’s baby half-sister in the right upper leg.
‘Though the 14-year-old told his mother his gun went off, she proceeded to their residence in the 2700 block of North G Street, claiming she did not realize her daughter had been struck,’ police stated.
Once home, the 14-year-old boy emerged from the car with his wounded sister in his arms and allegedly proceeded to dispose of the gun and other evidence in a trash can, while the children’s mother unloaded groceries.
‘Pyatt never attempted to remove the gun from the juvenile nor physically examine her children,’ according to the police statement. ‘Furthermore, Pyatt failed to notify the police of the incident.’
After learning that her daughter had been shot, Pyatt took her to the San Bernardino Community Hospital (pictured)
This map of San Bernardino shows the locations where the incident involving Pyatt and her children unfolded on July 20
Pyatt’s son eventually told her that his sister had been shot and she took her daughter to the Community Hospital of San Bernardino, where staff notified the police.
The toddler was ultimately transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Department of Child and Family Services has been notified of the incident and is conducting its own investigation.