Mother Faces Charges in Daughter’s Shooting Death
NORRISTOWN PA – A 31-year-old Upper Providence resident mother who authorities claim legally possesses a pistol in connection with the fatal shooting of her 12-year-old daughter by her 13-year-old son has been indicted by the Montgomery County District Attorney three third-degree crimes in the incident, it said on Monday (March 29, 2021). The son has already been charged with third degree murder.
Daisy Vasquez of Larchwood Court in the Collegeville division of the ward on Monday turned on the offense of jeopardizing the welfare of children, owning a firearm of a minor under the responsibility of an adult, and preventing arrest or prosecution and misdemeanor charges reckless endangering of another person. All relate to the death of their daughter Jasiyah Vasquez on March 19th.
On March 19, just before 8:00 a.m., Upper Providence police and detectives ordered their son, Jah’sir Vasquez, to get a 9mm pistol out of her car. They claim that the house surveillance video shows the shooting in which Jahsir enters the house with the gun in his right hand and then points at Jasiyah. Seconds later, the gun, which was still pointing in his sister’s direction, was discharged and Jasiyah collapsed, investigators said.
The responding officers found the young girl with a gunshot wound in the living room of the house
her chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her funeral took place on Saturday (March 27th). Jahsir Vasquez, despite his age, has been charged with third degree murder in a criminal court, as required by Pennsylvania law, District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
Daisy Vasquez allegedly lied to detectives about the events that led to her daughter’s death, they said.
“This girl’s death is a tragedy, but it could have been prevented,” Steele said on Monday. “A crucial aspect is that the mother asks her child to go outside to the driveway to get her gun out of the car. a pistol that had a bullet and was ready to fire. “
“A parent has a legal responsibility to protect their children, and a gun owner has a legal responsibility not to put their guns in the hands of children. This defendant failed on both counts. Now a young girl is dead and a boy is charged with murder, ”he added.
The mother was tried in the District Court Judge Richard Welsh, who set unsecured bail of $ 50,000 on condition that the defendant was not allowed to possess a firearm. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 27th, also before Welsh. Her case is being followed up by assistant litigator Brianna Ringwood, who oversees the DA’s family protection division.
A preliminary hearing in the case of son Jah’sir was scheduled for March 26th.
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