Florida mother shot by young son in gun accident to avoid charge

Reuters News
Posted: May 06, 2016 2:16 PM

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida mother will avoid criminal charges after her four-year-old son obtained her gun on a drive and accidentally shot her in the back, state prosecutors said on Friday, so long as she meets their safety terms.

Jamie Lynn Gilt, 31, has entered a deferred prosecution agreement on a charge of unsafe storage of a firearm, Spencer Hathaway, a spokesman for State Attorney's Office in Florida's Seventh Judicial Circuit, said in a statement.

She is required to complete a gun safety course and install a mounted holster in her vehicle, and show proof that firearms in her home are safely stored, the statement said.

Gilt must also give 10 speeches about the March 8 incident, which drew wide attention after local media reported she was a staunch advocate for the right to carry guns, citing her apparent comments on social media.

Gilt was struck in the back, while the child was unharmed. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charge if she meets the safety conditions in their agreement.

Gilt's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Authorities said Gilt was licensed to carry the weapon that she had placed under the edge of the driver's seat. It slid to the back floor, where her child picked it up.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein)