CLEVELAND The mother of a teenage boy accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend has become the first person in Cleveland to be charged under an ordinance that holds parents liable for allowing minors easy access to handguns.
Sonia DeJesus, 31, of Cleveland was charged Wednesday with a new city law that carries a maximum six-month jail term and up to a $1,000 fine.The ordinance, a misdemeanor, holds a parent responsible if a child obtains a gun because the parent was negligent in storing the weapon.
The 13-year-old boy has been charged with delinquency murder in the death of Yazmin Rodrigues, 14, a ninth-grade student at John Hay High School. She was shot in the head at close range early Sept. 3, while standing in front of her west side Cleveland home.
The boy, who lives next door, said the shooting was an accident.