Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pennsylvania Woman Charged in Kid's Shooting

Local news reports

Tiffany Jean Whitman, 24, pleaded guilty before Judge John Spataro in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday to a single felony count of endangering the welfare of children — a charge that carries up to a maximum of seven years in prison. 
Whitman and her husband, Mark L. Whitman, 24, both of 25159 Sugar Creek Lane, Lot 8, each were charged last year by Pennsylvania State Police with a felony count of endangering the welfare of children for allowing their three children to live in what police described as “deplorable conditions.”
State police initially were summoned to the couple’s Wayne Township home after the couple’s then 4-year-old son wounded his then 2-year-old brother by firing a gun the older child had found inside the home. The young boy was hit in the face by a bullet fired from the gun, according to police.
According to the affidavit of probable cause in the case, the couple’s three children were PLAYING in their Wayne Township home while Tiffany Whitman slept, when one of the children found a loaded .380 Ruger pistol in an unlocked dresser drawer on April 14, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
Police described the residence as being in total disarray, with rotten garbage scattered all over the kitchen floor, garbage and dirty clothing strewn about one of the children’s bedrooms with feces and other stains on the walls, floor and mattress. Garbage and old cigarette butts were reportedly found in the bottom of the family’s dirt-stained bathtub.
In entering her guilty plea Thursday, Tiffany Whitman told the judge she had been battling mental health issues prior to the incident, but she was working to control them.
“I let my depression get the best of me enough not to let me keep my house clean for my babies,” a tearful Whitman said. “Yes, I’m guilty.”


  1. "In addition to a felony count of endangering the welfare of children, Mark Whitman was charged by state police with misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment filed by state police for allegedly allowing a gun to be accessible to children. He pleaded guilty in December in county court to the felony endangering the welfare of children and the misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment."

    Look at that, all of those charges, with one specifically mentioning improper gun storage and in a state with no mandatory gun storage law.

    1. He was charged with reckless endangerment of a child. Just because there is no safe storage law doesn't mean his actions were responsible, or safe. A point rarely made in the safe storage issue.

    2. OK, but I'm tired of hearing "rare." To the gun loons 30,000 gun shot deaths a year is rare and they see no reason (or making law) to try and lower that number. To gun loons, laws to try and stop gun shot deaths, is a violation of their rights. Sick.

    3. Sometimes it's hard to tell who's side you're on, Sandra.

    4. I'm not interested in "sides." I'm not against guns. I'm against stupidity with guns. It's not rational to stick to one "side" of the gun issue, it's more complicated than that, and one reason the gun loons sound looney. They will stick to their "side" no matter how ridiculous they sound.