The mother of a 3-year-old Frederick boy who accidentally shot himself in the head has been charged with criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death.
Dione Warren, who turned herself into authorities Monday night, is due in court Tuesday afternoon.
Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said he took Warren's loss into account in weighing charges but said she was negligent for leaving her son alone at home where he could access a deadly weapon.
According to police and court records, Warren's son, Sheine Steine, shot himself after finding a handgun between the mattress and frame of a bed. The gun belongs to Sheine's stepfather, who hasn't been charged.
Buck wouldn't discuss who stored the gun there and whether the stepfather could also be charged.