Woman charged with child endangerment after 8-year-old accidentally shoots 12-year-old in Suffolk

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2022-01-13 09:55:22-05

SUFFOLK, Va. - A 33-year-old woman was arrested on child abuse and neglect charges after an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot a 12-year-old boy in Suffolk.

According to police, Chastity S. White has been arrested on charges of two counts of Abuse and Neglect of Children Reckless Disregard, following direct indictment. White was also arrested on a charge of Fail to Appear After Charged with a Felony/Misd/or Rel on Summons.

The shooting happened in the 500 block of Kissimmee Avenue. At the time, police said the 8-year-old got an adult's gun from a home before accidentally shooting the 12-year-old.

The 12-year-old was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. News 3 reached out to Suffolk officials on July 9 and they said the 12-year-old remains hospitalized in a stable condition.

This incident, which comes amid an uptick in gun violence across Hampton Roads, is still under investigation.