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Mother facing charges after leaving gun out; son found it and shot brother

Updated: Thursday, January 9 2014, 07:39 PM CST
Reported by: Ewa Roman

CARLISLE -- In the last few hours, CBS 21 has confirmed that a local mother is facing charges after one of her sons got hold of a gun and shot and killed his brother. The kids were just eight and six years old.

We’ve been following this story since it happened back in September, and now the Cumberland County district attorney is talking about it.

District attorney Dave Freed said that the investigation reveals the mom had serious prescription medications in her system -- some as strong as cocaine -- when the shooting happened. She didn't hear the gun go off.

Jessica Pfaff, 32, of Greencastle, Franklin County, faces involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 8-year-old son.His younger brother shot him back in September at her boyfriend’s home in Southampton Township, Cumberland County.

Court records show that when police searched the house on Broad Street, they found deplorable conditions -- and large knives within children's reach.

They concluded that the revolver was stored in a gap between the waterbed frame and the mattress, alongside a long gun.

The six-year-old who shot his brother told police, “’They should have put it up, I told mommy to put it where I couldn't reach it,’” according to police.

“The most serious charge that we filed was involuntary manslaughter, which is a felony of the second degree. Because of the age of child, now that's somewhat unusual in a case where this person didn't actually pull the trigger. But based on our investigation and everything we learned and the fact that these kids were in this deplorable condition, and this defendant put herself in a situation, in such a state by ingesting these drugs, that when a gunshot went off inches from her feet at the most, it didn't even wake her up,” Freed said.

Pfaff is in Cumberland County Prison and will be in court next week.Mother facing charges after leaving gun out; son found it and shot brother

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