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Mother of boy who shot himself gets probation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot himself after finding an unsecured gun in her vehicle in Des Moines has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Polk County court records say 28-year-old Rachel Rowe also was fined $315 and given a deferred judgment.

Under a deferred judgment, her conviction can be removed from her record if she were to successfully complete the terms of her probation. She’d pleaded guilty to allowing a child access to a loaded gun.

Kent Balduchi is Rowe’s attorney, and he said on Friday that she and her husband thought the gun was in a child-safe holster. It wasn’t.

The boy found the .45-caliber handgun May 29 inside another container in her vehicle and shot himself in the upper arm.

Associated Press

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