No jail time for mom in son's shooting death
TACOMA, Wash. -- A Tacoma mother admitted she's guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of her 3-year-old son. However, Jahnisha McIntosh will not be serving any more jail time.
There was no entourage to comfort her in court on Monday. McIntosh sat alone waiting to take responsibility for the death of her first born, Julio, who was taken from her 20 months ago.
"I want my son to know," said McIntosh in court, "that no words can ever express or explain how sorry I am."
Police say Julio was in the backset of his mother's car when they stopped for gas just after midnight on March 14, 2012. Her boyfriend, Eric Vita, left his legally owned gun under the front passenger's seat to go into the convenience store. McIntosh then also got out to go into the store.
Police say Julio got out of his car seat, found the gun and shot himself in the head. At a memorial at the scene later that day McIntosh cried out, "I just want my baby. I just want my baby back."
Her attorney said the whole ordeal is just as painful today as it was back then.
"I would give anything to hold him and to hear him say 'Mom, I love you,' " McIntosh said in court. "But that will never happen and I will have to live with that for the rest of my life."
Because of what some consider is a life sentence of pain, the prosecutor and the judge agreed that no more jail time need be served. She was given credit for two days served.
Judge James Orlando said it was a harsh lesson learned.
"Young children have an incredible curiosity and if that curiosity is going to lead them to handle weapons there is a horrific price that's paid," he said.
The same judge several months ago dismissed the case entirely against Vita.