Dallas Police say they’ve found no evidence to corroborate the story of a local mother who told officers her three-year-old boy had been fatally shot during a road rage incident – instead arresting the woman on child endangerment charges after discovering a firearm in the glove compartment of her car and gunpowder residue that would suggest the boy had been shot at close range.
Lacravivonne Washington, 26, was arrested on Wednesday following the death of her young son Jalexus Washington on Monday morning, with cops saying they intend to further interview her about the fatal incident.
The mother-of-three is also being jailed for outstanding warrants related to speeding tickets in Carrollton – a town 22 miles north of Dallas – and for not using a child safety seat.
Earlier this week, Wright rushed her son Jalexus to a local hospital with a fatal gunshot wound to his head – telling authorities the deadly shot had been fired after a roadside confrontation.
At the time, all three of her children: Layla, 2, Janiyah, 4, and Jalexus, 3, were not wearing their seatbelts and were moving around in the car, authorities said.
Lacravivonne Washington, 26, (above left) was arrested on Wednesday on child endangerment charges after a handgun was found in the glove compartment of her car, where she said her three-year-old son (right) was fatally shot in the head Monday
Dallas Police said it has been unable to confirm Washington’s account of her son being killed. She initially credited the shooting to a road rage incident with a man wearing a red shirt and driving a dark-colored sedan
The incident occurred at an intersection of Whitehurst and Arbor Park drives, when Washington said a man wearing a red shirt and driving a dark-colored sedan began arguing with her.
She added that she changed directions from her initial destination and pulled into a residential neighborhood in an attempt to lose the other car’s tail.
She then claimed to have parked next to Forest Meadows Park and was in the process of letting her children out of the car when the other driver returned and fired at them, striking Jalexus.
Washington then drove her son to a nearby hospital.
Police, who are asking the public’s help for details on the shooting, searched the mother’s car for evidence after Washington signed a consent form at the hospital.
She initially told police that no firearms were in her car. However, police found a handgun in the vehicle’s glove compartment during their search.
It was later revealed that the gun was one of two that she bought on March 4, according to investigators.
The mother-of-three’s car also did not have any damage from the alleged drive-by shooting. It was later towed away from the hospital parking lot.
In a recorded interview at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, police officers said Washington waived her Miranda rights and stated that she attempted to reach for her handgun in the glove compartment during the alleged road rage shooting, but was never able to pull it out.
She also said that her children were freely roaming around in the back seats of the car – and that she heard two gunshots, the first of which she recalled sounding like it was shot far away.
Unburned gunpowder residue was found on her son, ruling out that he was shot from a distance in a drive-by shooting
Washington’s children were roaming around the back of their mother’s car without wearing seatbelts when the incident took place
Meanwhile, Dallas Police Department officers confirmed that they have yet to locate a crime scene and have inconsistent reports and accounts about where and how the shooting happened, police sources told NBC Dallas Fort-Worth.
‘Right now at this time, our department has not found a legitimate crime scene or evidence related to that road rage incident, but this remains an ongoing investigation,’ said Senior Corporal officer Brian Martinez, of the Dallas Police.
Unburned gunpowder residue was found on the young victim’s body, which authorities say means the fatal bullet was fired from close proximity.
That fact rules out the idea that he was killed in a drive-by shooting, according to Jalexus’ autopsy.
Other than Washington’s arrests, no other suspects have been considered, and the investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.
The charge of child endangerment was added to Washington’s case only after police found the handgun in the suspect’s car, making it accessible to her children at the time of the incident.
Police searched Washington’s car after she gave them her approval and found the weapon inside the vehicle’s glove compartment
Police, who are asking the public for help for any details on the shooting, also examined the mother’s car, which did not appear to have any bullet holes
Washington is currently booked at the Dallas County Jail on a bond of $25,000. It’s unknown if she has a defense.
Washington’s husband, Jalexus Washington Sr., was also arrested on Wednesday for outstanding warrants and for carrying a firearm without a license.
The father-of-three told police that he was at work when his son was killed and that he did not known the gun’s whereabouts – but that his wife would know. The gun he was illegally carrying, police confirmed, was the other one purchased by his wife earlier this month.
The Dallas Police Department and detectives working on the case did not respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment.
Anyone with information regarding the fatal incident is urged to step forward and to contact Dallas Detective David Grubbs at at 214-671-3675.