Mom gets new bond hearing in son's shooting death
A mother charged with manslaughter after her 9-year-old son was shot to death accidentally by his 12-year-old brother got a new date for her bond hearing today in Durham County Superior Court.
Amy Suzanne Pittman, 36, is due in court Sept. 2 to determine if bond will be reduced.
The bond hearing was initially supposed to be heard today, but Pittman's public defender, Matt Cook, said he had been on vacation and needed more time to prepare. He said he had not yet received all the information he needs from the prosecutor's office.
Pittman remains in the Durham County Jail under bonds totaling $150,000. She was not in court today.
She is charged with voluntary manslaughter, negligent child abuse, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse and failing to store firearms to protect minors. She was not home at the time of the shooting.
Police said the child, Christian Pittman, was killed April 28 at the family's home on Macon Street by his brother as the boys were playing with a gun. The 12-year-old was injured but not shot, and is recovering.
Investigators said the older brother called 911 to report the shooting.
"I don't know if he's dead," he told emergency operators. "He's bleeding really bad. He's been shot. I don't know if he's breathing."
Christian was pronounced dead when emergency personnel arrived.
Detectives determined that the shooting was an accident, but a Durham County grand jury indicted the mother last month after the District Attorney's Office opted to pursue charges.