Florida woman gets 7 years for toddler son’s shooting death

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)-- A Florida woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her toddler son’s accidental shooting death.

The Florida Times-Union reports that 30-year-old Donna Crump-Piedra was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to aggravated child neglect and culpable negligence.

Authorities say Crump-Piedra and her sons had been staying at her boyfriend’s apartment in February when 2-year-old son Jayden Piedra and his 7-year-old brother found the boyfriend’s loaded handgun on a table. The older child and evidence at the scene confirmed that the toddler shot himself.

Crump-Piedra denied knowing there was a gun in the apartment. A witness said the couple had been drinking and using drugs and that Crump-Piedra had left the gun on a table.

Crump-Piedra’s boyfriend, Lephabion Griggs, also faces a culpable negligence charge. His case hasn’t gone to trial.