Wednesday was an emotional morning in a Shelby County courtroom as the Memphis woman accused of being responsible for her 12-year-old daughter’s shooting death Tuesday made her first appearance.
Katrena Blackshire’s daughter died after being shot inside a car at a Frayser apartment complex. A judge gave Blackshire a bond of $35,000. She’s charged with criminally negligent homicide and aggravated child abuse, and her 13-year-old son is charged with reckless homicide.
Blackshire could be seen wiping tears and holding her head down constantly inside the courtroom, almost exactly 24 hours after her daughter died at the hospital.
In court, Judge Karen Massey laid out Blackshire’s charges, and the accused mother told the judge she does not have a handgun permit.
According to the affidavit, Blackshire admitted to investigators of knowingly leaving her kids inside her car with her loaded weapon inside the center console. Witnesses on scene Tuesday morning said the girl and her older brother were tussling inside the car, when the gun went off.
The 12-year-old later died at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
The child’s godmother said the children were supposed to get on a bus from the apartment complex and go to summer camp at the Neighborhood Christian Center.
Loved ones of Katrena Blackshire declined comment when leaving the courtroom. She’s due back in court June 20th.
We’re working to gather more information on her 13-year-old son’s current status in juvenile court.