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Charge recommended against mom shot by 4-year-old

Posted by on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:22 PM
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Putnam County Sheriff's Office has recommended that a 31-year-old woman accidentally shot by her 4-year-old son be charged with allowing a minor access to a firearm.

Jamie Gilt, who was shot March 8 while driving on a Putnam County road, would face up to 180 days in jail if convicted on the charge, Capt. Gator DeLoach said.

The State Attorney's Office will decide whether to file the recommended charge in the case, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.

Gilt was taken to UF Health in Gainesville after she was struck by .45-caliber bullet fired by her son, who was sitting directly behind her in the pickup truck. The shot went through her seat, into her back and exited her chest, DeLoach said.

At last check, Gilt remained hospitalized in stable condition.

DeLoach said after interviewing Gilt, investigators determined that the gun had been placed under the driver's seat of the pick-up truck and was not in a holster. At some point while she was driving from Jacksonville to Putnam County, the gun slid back to the floorboards of the back seat, where he son was sitting in a booster seat.

Family members told deputies that the boy had recently learned how to unbuckle himself and did so, presumably to get a toy that was on the floor of the back seat. 

While on the floorboards, the boy picked up the gun and accidentally fired a shot, DeLoach said.

“In the presence of a child, gun owners bare the additional responsibility of ensuring children do not gain access (to guns),” DeLoach said.

The case drew international news coverage not just because of what happened, but because of Gilt's strong pro-gun stance.

CBS, NBC, the New York Post and Daily News, the Daily Mail in London were among dozens of media outlets that picked up the story.

The boy, who wasn't injured, is with relatives. The Florida Department of Children and Families also is investigating.

Mom shot by 4-year-old son

A Putnam County sheriff's deputy on patrol noticed Gilt's truck pulling a horse trailer stopped partially in the travel lanes of State Road 20 between Palatka and Interlachen. Gilt was in the driver's seat motioning for help. The only other occupant in the vehicle was the boy, who was not harmed.

"We verified she's legal to own the gun, and she possessed a concealed weapons permit," Sheriff's Office Capt. Joe Wells told the Palatka Daily News. "The child was looking for a toy he lost. It could be that he found (the gun) by looking for the toy."

Florida law makes it a misdemeanor for someone to have a loaded gun easily available to a minor. It will be up to the State Attorney's Office to decide whether Gilt will be prosecuted.

The story of her shooting exploded on social media and on media sites across the world because Gilt maintained a Facebook page titled "Jamie Gilt for Gun Sense," where she regularly posted pro-gun positions. On her personal Facebook page, Gilt once bragged about her son: "Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22."

One post on the site included a quote: "My right to protect my child with my gun trumps your fear of my gun."

Detectives said they have not yet been able to interview Gilt because of her medical condition. Florida law makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave a loaded firearm in such a way that a child could gain access to it. Authorities said they won't make a decision on charges until they can speak with the woman.

After the news broke about Gilt's shooting, the posts appeared to be inundated with mocking comments from other Facebook users.

In comments posted Monday to one post on the page, a user named Jamie Gilt wrote: "I can promise though, if someone breaks into my house, or tries to harm me or my family pretty anywhere, they will be shot and most likely killed. It's my right to protect my life." The same user later replied to another comment about teaching children to shoot: "All of ours know how to shoot too. Even my 4 year old gets jacked up to target shoot with the .22."

News4Jax learned Gilt was arrested two years ago in Jacksonville on a charge of grand theft. According to reports she was detailed on April 4, 2013, by security guards at the Dillard's department store at the Avenues who reported seeing her stuffing $455 worth of children's clothes into her purse and hiding the bag in a child's stroller.

According to court records, Gilt completed a pre-trial intervention program in November that year and the charges were dropped.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/putnam-county/deputies-to-update-case-mom-shot-by-4-year-old

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:23 PM

She should be charged!

BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:25 PM
She should be charged. She's a complete twit for leaving a loaded weapon where her child could get it.
Allysha18
by on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:30 PM
I agree she should be charged you'd think that being shot would be a real eye opener for her. Smh
Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:34 PM

She should be charged!  If he was unbuckling himself he needed to be in a harness carseat then.  

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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:38 PM
Good, it does make me wonder if parents that buy their children guns and take them targeting shooting could face similar charges.
MsDenuninani
by A.Ham on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM

She should be charged. 

It's 6 months in jail.  Think about what she could have lost. . . .

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM


Quoting 4evrinbluejeans: Good, it does make me wonder if parents that buy their children guns and take them targeting shooting could face similar charges.

Good point.

My Grandson's father takes him shooting now and again and purchased a weapon for K.  He isn't even 5 yet.  *sigh*

BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:52 PM
No. Absolutely not

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans: Good, it does make me wonder if parents that buy their children guns and take them targeting shooting could face similar charges.
atlmom2
by Gold Member on Mar. 22, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Charge her for sure.  

NYmama96
by Bronze Member on Mar. 22, 2016 at 3:03 PM
Yes charge the mother
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