Police charge mother of 4-year-old shot in Philadelphia home

Saturday, Jun 25, 2016,13:42 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Philadelphia | Philadelphia police have charged the mother of a 4-year-old girl who died after being shot with third-degree murder. Authorities yesterday also accused the mother, 25-year-old Shakeia Holmes, of trying to cover up what happened.

Police say it appears the gunshot to the girl’s right eye was self-inflicted, though autopsy results are pending. Holmes is awaiting arraignment. It wasn’t immediately known if she’s represented by a lawyer. An arrest warrant has been issued for her boyfriend, Demetrius Williams.

He’s facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter and related offenses. Police say the shooting occurred in a second-floor bedroom of a north Philadelphia home at about noon Thursday.

Officers arrived to find the mother on the front steps holding the girl. The child was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.