On Oct. 17, 2015, both 45-year-old Marsha Lynch and her 8-year-old daughter, Sharia Lynch, were shot in their Paulding County, Georgia, home.
Though Marsha survived being shot in the leg, her daughter was struck in the head, and she died on her way to the hospital, the Associated Press reported. Marsha told investigators that the handgun went off when it fell off the table, but authorities now believe her son, 23-year-old Quincy Lynch, was holding the firearm when it discharged.
Authorities believe the shooting was accidental, but Marsha was arrested on Jan. 5 for obstruction of law enforcement and Quincy faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct -- he was arrested a week after his mother. Both of them have bonded out of jail.
Martha’s alleged lie was discovered after the gun was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, where examiners determined it could not have been accidentally discharged.
“It’s still a mystery at this point how it occurred,” Sgt. Ashley Henson said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We obviously don’t believe there was any intent there.”
Both mother and son have been released on bond from the Paulding County jail.