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Texas babysitter charged after boy's death

Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:37:37 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 23 2013 11:41:31 AM CDT
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ORANGE, Texas (AP) -

A Southeast Texas woman has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child after a 5-year-old boy in her care died when he apparently shot himself with her gun.
    
The Orange County Sheriff's Office said a judge on Wednesday arraigned 19-year-old Melissa Ringhardt of Vidor and set bond at $250,000.
    
Investigators said Ringhardt was baby-sitting John Read in his Vidor home on Monday when he accidentally shot himself.
    
Authorities said Ringhardt, who was arrested Tuesday, was living with the Read family and the parents were gone during the shooting. The couple's 6-month-old child was also at the residence but wasn't hurt.
    
Ringhardt told authorities she was afraid to be home alone and left her pistol on a table when she took a nap.