Mother could face civil charges in accidental hospital shooting - - Jackson, MS

Mother could face civil charges in accidental hospital shooting

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Following the accidental shooting Wednesday morning at a Jackson Hospital, the mother could face civil charges if pursued by the hospital.

Jackson Attorney John Reeves outlined the Mississippi law backing that information.

"I wouldn't think there would be any charges against the lady because she didn't mean to do it," said Reeves."

Jackson Police are not releasing if the woman has a concealed carry permit, however Jackson Attorney John Reeves said, it's irrelevant.

"Under Mississippi law a person can carry a firearm in a purse or a brief case or anything that's fully enclosed without a permit," said Reeves. "So, she didn't break the law having a gun in her purse."

Merit Health Central released a statement. In part it said,

"Weapons are prohibited on the campus of all Merit Health facilities to protect the safety of patients, visitors, physicians and employees," said Merit Health Central in a statement.

"The hospital has a no weapons policy and that's their property," added Reeves. That's their property and they can do that. So, she might have violated the hospital rules, but it's not a crime. It's a civil matter between the hospital and her."

Ultimately, Reeves said that could cost her some fines, but no time behind bars.

"She broke some rules of the hospital and that's between the hospital and her," said Reeves. "As far as the child goes, it was a mistake. It would be like having a car accident and your child gets hurt in the car. You're not guilty of a crime for that, it's an accident."

Jackson Police Officer Colendula Greens said the woman was taken in for questioning and they will investigate to determine if any charges will be filed.

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