A San Bernardino mother and her teenage son have been arrested on suspicion of felony charges after the boy shot a loaded gun in the backseat of the mother’s vehicle, injuring a toddler on Tuesday, according to the San Bernardino Police Department.
Veronica Pyatt, 37, and her 14-year-old son were driving in the area of 16th and E streets as the son was “manipulating a loaded firearm” in the backseat, shooting one round and hitting his 20-month-old half sibling in the leg, San Bernardino police said in a statement.
Despite the teenager informing his mother that the gun had gone off, Pyatt continued driving to their home where she then proceeded to unload groceries, investigators said.
Once they were home, the teenager allegedly disposed of the firearm in the trash. Pyatt did not try to take the firearm from her son nor did she check on her children in the vehicle, according to police.
Once inside, officials say Pyatt’s son informed her that the toddler had been shot.
The child was transported to a community hospital in San Bernardino, where staff notified police of the incident.
The child was then transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, the police statement said.
Police said probable cause was established to place Pyatt and the 14-year-old under arrest on suspicion of multiple felony charges, though they did not specify what charges.
Pyatt was taken to jail while her son was taken to a juvenile detention center.
The case has been turned over to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
The county Department of Child and Family Services has been notified of the incident and is conducting its own investigation.
Anyone with information can contact Detective N. Alvarez of the Specialized Crimes Bureau at 909-384-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Sgt. M. Hysen at 909-384-5669 or email@example.com.