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Mother of 8-year-old boy who allegedly shot his 4-year-old sister pleads guilty

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 16:51:54-04

The mother of an 8-year-old boy who reportedly shot his 4-year-old sister multiple times in Ashland County pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering children on Monday.

Alyssa Edwards originally pleaded not guilty, changing her plea one week before her trial was set to begin on July 10.

At the time of the shooting, Chief Deputy Carl Richert said Edwards left her son and daughter home alone when she went to work on the morning of March 3. Her son contacted her while she was at work to tell her that his sister had been hurt, Richert said.

Edwards came home, cleaned up the blood on a bed cover, noticed her daughter was injured, but went back to work at 11 a.m., according to Richert. Sometime between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Edwards came home again and took the children to the hospital, Richert said.

Richert said the girl was shot three or four times. Luckily, she survived.

The boy did not face charges. He was, however, removed from the home and the juvenile court was asked to find the appropriate intervention to address the boy's needs, according to authorities.

Edwards' sentencing is scheduled for August 20.