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Case worker: Mother delayed shooting report, was hoping to keep guns

ASHLAND (Ohio) – A social worker says the Ohio mother of an 8-year-old boy who repeatedly shot his 4-year-old sister, delayed reporting and seeking medical help because she was afraid that she would lose the weapons they use to hunt for food.

The Ashland-Times-Gazette reports the case, the worker testified Thursday during a hearing about custody of the children, who are now living with the family.

The mother, Alyssa Edwards, has pleaded not guilty to child endangering and evidence tampering charges.

Prosecutors say Edwards checked the girl’s injuries after March 3, shoot at her, Hayesville home in north central Ohio, and then back to work on a horse farm and not the girl to a hospital for a few hours.

Prosecutors are not charging the boy because of his age. His sister is recovering.

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Information: Ashland Times-Gazette, http://www.times-gazette.com

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