A 22-year-old woman has been arrested after a toddler sustained a gunshot would Monday night, authorities said.
That evening, shortly after 7 p.m., deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to St. Martin Hospital in reference to a report of a 2-year-old boy was brought in with a single gunshot wound to his arm. Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office were notified and initiated an investigation into the incident.
Upon initial investigation, the mother of the child, who was later identified as Chelsey Paige Wiltz, of Parks, allegedly gave misleading information as to how the shooting occurred.
However, upon further investigation, it was determined that the child gained access to an unsecured firearm at a residence in the 1000 block of Promise Land Drive in St. Martinville.
The gun subsequently discharged striking the toddler in the arm. During the course of the investigation, investigators also found illegal narcotics in the residence. At the culmination of the investigation, a warrant of arrest was obtained and she was arrested late yesterday evening and charged as follows:
- 1 count of RS14:94—Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrument (Felony)
- 1 count of RS14:130.1—Obstruction of Justice– (Felony)
- 1 count of RS40:966—Prohibited Acts; Schedule 1 (MDMA)– (Felony)
Following her arrest, she was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on the above charges. The victim was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital the following day.
“If you have firearms in your residence, we remind you to please make sure that they are secured, preferably in a locked case, so that children cannot gain access to them,” Maj. Ginny Higgins, spokesperson with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office said.