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Judge sets $250,000 bond for babysitter charged in accidental shooting death of 5-year-old boy
ORANGE COUNTY- Justice of the Peace David Peck has set bond at $250,000 for a 19-year-old babysitter charged with endangering a child after a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself at his parents' home.
The judge set bond Wednesday morning for Melissa Ringhardt . She's in the Orange County Jail. The charge is a State Jail Felony.
The Chief Deputy says Ringhardt was watching 5-year-old John Read at his family's home Monday on Roberts Road outside of Vidor. She'd been living with the family.
According to investigators, the babysitter had a 40 caliber pistol because she was afraid to be alone in the home. Relatives tells Fox 4 she didn't own the pistol.
The Chief Deputy told us she fell asleep and left the pistol on a coffee table in the living room.
When she woke up, she found him dead in the living room with a gunshot wound to his head.
The Chief Deputy says the child accidentally shot himself.