The mother of the third-grade boy who brought a gun to school that went off, injuring a classmate, has been charged, as has her boyfriend, the Kitsap Sun newspaper reported Monday.
Prosecutors say Jamie Lee Chaffin, 34, and Douglas L. Bauer, 50, of Bremerton, Wash., are responsible for Chaffin's son obtaining the .45-caliber handgun. The boy, 9, had told his friends he planned to run away from his uncle's house, where he lives, and that he planned to bring a gun with him for protection.
Chaffin, a felon who also uses the last name Passmore, was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. In 2007, Chaffin was convicted of forgery and delivering marijuana. She does not have custody of her son. Prosecutors say that he only occasionally visited her, the Kitsap Sun reported.
Police believe the boy took the gun from the glove compartment of his mother's car and then packed it in his backpack on Feb. 22. One minute before the bell rang that day, he dropped the backpack on his desk, and it discharged, shooting 8-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman, who remains at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The News-Tribune of Tacoma reported that she has undergone at least five surgeries and that the bullet shattered Amina's elbow and punctured her abdomen, liver, pancreas and intestines. The bullet is lodged in her spine and doctors say it probably cannot be removed.
The boy was charged on three counts. Kitsap County prosecutors said he will likely serve probation.