By Terri Hill | August 21, 2018
The mother of a six-year-old boy was sentenced Tuesday to 10 ten years probation, ordered to undergo counseling and forbidden to own firearms after being found guilty last week in the fatal shooting of her son.
Kayleigh Potter, 30, of Munhall, was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor Endangering Welfare of Children and two drug counts, after a non-jury trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Randall Todd, in the Aug. 9, 2017 shooting of her son, by his 10-year-old brother.
Testimony in the case as well as a criminal complaint filed by police, tended to show that Potter frequently left her two children home alone, while she went to work at the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office as well as going to a bar with friends.
An ex-boyfriend told police that while he lived with her, she would lock the children in their room and then the two would smoke marijuana every night.
Another ex-boyfriend told police she would often take her 10-year-old son’s Adderall, an amphetamine, that was prescribed to treat his Attention Deficit Disorder, instead of giving it to him.
One neighbor told police that Potter’s two sons were often seen running around the trailer park they lived at asking for food.
Police say that Potter purchased the gun used in the shooting, a Taurus 9mm pistol, in March 2017, just after she reported a gun stolen that she purchased in November 2016.
According to testimony and court documents Potter often kept the loaded gun in her purse, car or in her house without a safety lock on it.
The day before the shooting police determined that Potter’s boyfriend brought her purse that contained the gun into the house, along with some sporting equipment.
On the day of the shooting the two boys were home alone and the 10-year-old told police he retrieved the gun from Potter’s purse and removed the magazine and was playing cops and robbers with his brother when he shot him.
Because of the way Potter kept the gun loaded, there was a bullet in the chamber that the boy did not know about.
Judge Todd ordered that Potter completes a series of parenting classes, obtain mental health counseling and ordered that she not own or possess any firearms while she is on probation.
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