Mother charged in death of Pennsylvania boy shot in crib

SLATINGTON, Pa. - Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania have charged a mother with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 19-month-old boy hit by a gunshot in his crib.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that 26-year-old Holly Pallone was arraigned Sunday morning from Lehigh County prison on that charge, along with reckless endangerment.

According to the arrest affidavit, officers responding to a 911 call from a Slatington apartment late Saturday found Anthony F. Pallone Jr. with a gunshot wound. 

Pallone told police she had taken a Smith & Wesson .44 caliber weapon from a shelf because she planned to sell it later that night or next morning, according to court records. She planned to sell the gun for $200 to a man named "Low," from whom she used to purchase drugs, the records state. The gun belonged to a man who was renting the apartment and was not home at the time of the shooting, according to a report in the Morning Call.

Coroner Scott Grim ruled the death a homicide and scheduled an autopsy for Monday.

Court records indicate Pallone will be represented by the county public defender's office, where a message seeking comment couldn't be left Sunday.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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