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Durham mom arrested after son accidentally shot, killed

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The mother of a 9-year-old who was killed in an accidental shooting in April was arrested by police Wednesday.

Officers arrested Amy Pittman Wednesday morning on Rock Street.

Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Macon Street April 28 around 9:40 p.m. in reference to a shooting. When they arrived, officers found 9-year-old Christian Pittman, who had died from an apparent gunshot wound.

Durham police said three children were home alone at the time of the shooting.

Amy Pittman’s son, Deeshawn Magwood, said she was just running a quick errand when Christian Pittman was shot.

Magwood said the gun involved in the incident belonged to an ex-boyfriend.

“I miss my brother to this day. I still cry every night,” Magwood said. I ain’t got no problem admitting that because I still sleep with his pillow too.”

He said Amy Pittman is a hard-working woman that took care of her kids.

“An accident happened. That could have happened to anybody,” Magwood said. “It could have happened while she was there. It could have been her.”

On Tuesday, Pittman was indicted on one count of voluntary manslaughter, three counts of felony child abuse – gross negligence, three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of failure to store firearms to protect minors, authorities said.

An investigation into the shooting revealed it was an accident.

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