North Carolina woman charged with child abuse after child fatally shoots himself

Published 4:34 pm Thursday, July 29, 2021

A North Carolina woman has been charged with felony child abuse after her unattended 4-year-old boy picked up a gun fatally shot himself in the head, police said.

The High Point Police Department said Jasmine E. Fagan, 29, of High Point was jailed on a $50,000 secured bond, news outlets reported. It’s not known if Fagan has an attorney.

According to police, Fagan and several other adults were at the home of Cindy V. Gibson-Harris Sunday night “having dinner, playing cards, drinking alcohol, and smoking marijuana” when the 4-year-old was left unattended in the living room, found a firearm under a couch cushion and shot himself in the head. He died at a local hospital.

Detectives using a search warrant found two additional firearms, multiple firearm accessories, ammunition, marijuana and cocaine, police said. Gibson-Harris was charged with felony possession of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the use of controlled substances and was jailed on a $25,000 secured bond, according to police.

Detectives are still investigating the incident, police said.

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