A Kitsap Peninsula man has been charged with reckless endangerment after his 4-year-old son shot his mom.
The Kitsap Sun reports that Lawrence Becker pleaded not guilty to the charge in Kitsap County District Court on Friday.
Detectives said that the 25-year-old Becker gave the boy a shotgun shell after he expressed an interest in guns. Last Oct. 25, the boy loaded the shell into a shotgun and pulled the trigger as it was resting on a bed. His mother was hit and was treated and released from a hospital that night.
The boy's mother told the newspaper she turned away for a few moments as she was talking on the phone. Detectives said the shotgun and a couple rifles had been stored in a bedroom closet with no doors.
Reckless endangerment is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Judge Marilyn Paja ordered Becker to surrender any firearms in his home. Becker declined to comment after the hearing.