Deputies: Man shoots up family home hallucinating a burglary

Published 10:59 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A North Carolina man who deputies said fired a shotgun in his home while hallucinating on drugs about an imaginary burglary was charged with child abuse.

That’s because John-Michael Scott Coppola’s newborn child was at the Mooresville home when Coppola began firing “into the walls” of the residence earlier this month, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted Monday on its Facebook page.

When deputies arrived at the home to do a welfare check on the infant, they said Coppola and the child’s mother, Kaylee Brianna Wilhelm, “both appeared to be impaired by some substance.” Those substances were later found out to be meth and marijuana, the statement said. Wilhelm, 22, was also arrested for child abuse.

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Child Protective Services workers subsequently removed the infant from the home. Officials did not release the age of the child.

A $7,500 bond has been set for the couple. It was not immediately clear if they have an attorney who could comment on their behalf.

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