The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 9, 2014

Mother faces charges in son’s fatal shooting

SHIPPENSBURG — A central Pennsylvania woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter stemming from the fatal shooting of her 8-year-old son by his 6-year-old brother inside their home last fall.

Thirty-two-year-old Jessica Pfaff of Greencastle was sent to Cumberland County prison Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and child endangerment.

Pfaff told state troopers after the Sept. 1 shooting that there was a loaded revolver and loaded rifle next to the bed in the bedroom where she was sleeping. Police said the woman told authorities she was sleeping and didn’t hear the shooting but her younger son reported accidentally shooting his brother.

Investigators said the home was filled with trash and debris.

District Attorney David Freed said Pfaff failed to take the most basic steps to ensure her children’s safety.


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