Richmond school shooter’s mom faces felony charges

Numerous felony referrals have been filed against the mother of a 14-year-old boy who shot his way into a Richmond, Indiana middle school last December then killed himself after exchanging gunfire with officers inside.

Mary York, the teen’s mother, has been charged with a Level 5 felony, five Level 6 felonies and a Class B misdemeanor, the Palladium-Item of Richmond reported Monday. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office filed five counts of neglect of a dependent for failing to remove firearms from their home after the teen threatened to kill classmates and discharged a firearm inside the home, failing to remove a .45-caliber handgun from their home after he threatened to kill other students, failing to provide counseling for her son for his mental-health issues, failing to reasonably supervise her son, and failing to ensure he was taking his prescribed medications.

York’s armed son entered Dennis Intermediate School in the morning of Dec. 13, 2018, with the intention of hurting other students, according to the newspaper. The teen fired shots near a school door before going inside the building, where he shot at officers inside before dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The school was already on lockdown after the boy’s mother called 911 to report her son was en route to Dennis to “shoot up the school.”

York is also charged with criminal recklessness and dangerous control of a child for recklessly allowing her son to possess a handgun and rifle while knowing there was a substantial risk of him committing a felony and failing to make a reasonable effort to prevent the use of the firearms in the commission of a felony, the Palladium-Item reported.

A judge must still find probable cause exists and approve the charges, the newspaper reported. An arrest warrant or a summons to appear would then be ordered for York.

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