Mum charged after son shot sister
A MOTHER has been arrested for child neglect after her son repeatedly shot his younger sister while she was at work.
Police said the eight-year-old boy shot his four-year-old sister multiple times with a loaded rifle and informed their mother, who left work to check the girl's injuries.
Prosecutors allege she cleaned up a bloody bed cover and then returned to work, leaving the children alone again.
Alyssa Edwards, 27, was jailed on child endangerment charges related to the Saturday shooting in Hayesville, 110km southwest of Cleveland, US.
Lawyer Donald Wick said he had just received the case and couldn't yet comment.
An arraignment has been scheduled for Wednesday, US time.
Ms Edwards tearfully appeared for court on Monday via video and said that there was no information that a magistrate needed to consider before he set her bond at $30,000, The Ashland Times-Gazette reported.
Ashland County prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said Edwards was contacted about the shooting at around 10am while working at a horse farm.
He said she returned to work about an hour later, not taking the girl to hospital until hours after the shooting.
The four-year-old girl was reported to be in a stable condition yesterday at a children's hospital in Cleveland.
Ashland County sheriff's Chief Deputy Carl Richert said her injuries aren't considered life-threatening. He had told WJW-TV at least one shot hit the girl's stomach area.
The boy was in the custody of children's services.
The small calibre rifle was kept in a gun locker with other firearms, and the boy knew how to open the locker if it was locked, Mr Tunnell said.