Police have said that an Iowa mother shot her 6-year-old son with a BB gun in an attempt to teach him a lesson.
As described in a police affidavit, Courtney Kie-Marie Owens had recently gotten a BB gun.
The Quad City Times reported that her young son repeatedly tried playing with the gun.
On Tuesday, the 25-year-old mother reportedly took it upon herself to show her son that the weapon was not a toy – by “purposely” shooting him.
The child was treated at the scene for a red swollen hip where he had been struck by a BB.
Owens was charged with child endangerment with injury. She was released from the Scott County Jail after posting a $5,000 secured bond on Tuesday night.
If she is convicted of the Class D felony, she could spend up to five years in prison.