NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren woman is facing a child-endangering charge in connection to the shooting of an 11-year-old girl in Niles Friday.
Tawny Stewart, 37, was booked into the Trumbull County Jail Monday. A not-guilty plea was entered on her behalf during arraignment, and bond was set at $100,000.
A Niles captain says teenage drinking and negligence led to the shooting of the girl, which was accidental.
The shooting happened at a house party at the corner of Maple Street and N. Chestnut Avenue, according to Niles police. Police also say a juvenile brought a loaded gun to the party.
Stewart was one of three people who were charged in the shooting. The other suspects were juveniles.
Niles police Capt. John Marshall said witnesses claimed that Stewart bought alcohol for minors at the party and then left the house.
“Her actions in our investigation seem to be the root of the event that actually took place, so had it not been for her careless behavior, it’s possible that this incident wouldn’t have occurred,” Marshall said.
The victim was not drinking and “the negligence pertains to other juveniles present and the adult that was charged,” according to Marshall.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged with carrying concealed weapons, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence and underage consumption of alcohol.
A 14-year-old girl was arrested and charged with negligent assault with a firearm and underage consumption of alcohol.
Stewart is due back in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.