Mom faces felony charge after 8-year-old reportedly shoots sister in Ashland County

The girl was shot "multiple times," but the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

ASHLAND - A 27-year-old Hayesville woman has been charged with felony endangering of children in connection with a weekend incident in which her 8-year-old son reportedly shot his 4-year-old sister.

Alyssa Edwards also was charged with misdemeanor endangering children. The third-degree felony charge relates to the 4-year-old girl; the misdemeanor charge, to the boy.

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Edwards, according to Ashland County Sheriff's Office chief deputy Carl Richert, came home from work after the shooting, saw that her child was injured, and returned to work. Hours later, she took the child to the hospital.

"Alyssa M. Edwards ... did recklessly create a substantial risk to the health or safety of the child by violating a duty of care, protection or support, and further, the violation resulted in serious physical harm to the child involved," the felony complaint said.

Richert says the guns were in the family's safe, but were not locked.

Edwards was in Ashland County Common Pleas Court late Monday afternoon, where her bond was set at $30,000 cash. If she posts bond, she cannot have contact with her children.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Richert said the girl was shot "multiple times," but the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The child was initially taken to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland before being transported to a Cleveland hospital.

"She is recovering," Prosecutor Chris Tunnell said. "She's still in the hospital."

Both children have been removed from the home.