Melisa Ann Mumpower told the authorities that she was busy cleaning the house when suddenly she heard a gun shot from a room where the children were playing. When she went to the room to check on the children she found that one of the children had found an unsecured 22 cal rifle and managed to pull the trigger shooting another three year old child.
The bullet struck the little girl in the arm but the bullet didn’t stop there, it traveled into her abdominal area as well. The girl was taking to the hospital where she is being treated but authorities say her injuries are not life threatening. She was reported to have undergone surgery but she wasn’t expected to die from the wounds. The child that pulled the trigger is Mumpower’s son. The child that was shot belongs to Mumpower’s boyfriend. A third child, age 1 was also in the room, is also Simmon’s child.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s office have charged Melisa Ann Mumpower and her boyfriend William Monroe Simmons with failure to store a firearm to protect a minor, Felony child abuse and three counts of Misdemeanor child abuse. They say the child abuse charges stem from the children’s living conditions.
There is a state law in North Carolina that states all weapons are to be secured away from children, according to Captain Derrick Hill from the Randolph County Sheriff’s office. As of Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Simmons had been released on a $35,000 bond but Mumpower was still being held on a $6300.00 bond.