Florida Woman Shoots Grandson; Thought He Was An Intruder
A Florida grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after she mistook him for an intruder who had broken into her home, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
[su_center_ad]63-year-old Linda Maddox and her twin grandsons were sleeping in a bedroom after her son — the boy’s father — had left for work at the postal service, deputies said.
According to what Maddox told deputies, she placed a chair against the bedroom door handle for extra protection while they slept.
The Associated Press reports that when the grandmother heard the chair sliding against the wood floor at about 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, she assumed it was an intruder. So, she grabbed a loaded .22-caliber revolver she kept by the bed and fired one shot in the dark toward the door. With children in the house.
It was just seconds later that she heard her grandson Tyler Maddox scream, according to deputies.
The little boy was shot once in the upper body. He was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez said that the grandmother felt unsafe when her son would work overnight, so she would bring her grandchildren into the bedroom with her and block the door with a leaning chair.
She said deputies have been called to the house 12 times since 2011, including a call about a suspicious person on June 20, 2011, and a suspicious vehicle last Jan. 2. None of those calls turned into anything significant, she said.
Wait for it — No charges have been filed against Maddox. [su_sky_ad]
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