Mother of Bremerton school shooter back in court today

Mother of Bremerton school shooter back in court today

Credit: KING

Jamie Lee Chaffin appears in a Kitsap County courtroom in Port Orchard, Wash., March 15, 2012.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 21 at 8:40 AM

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – The mother of a boy who brought a gun to school, leading to a classmate being shot, will be back in court Wednesday along with her boyfriend.

Jamie Lee Chaffin and Douglas L. Bauer were arraigned last week in Kitsap County District Court, but amended charges were filed Tuesday that raise it to the level of Superior Court. Wednesday's court action is considered a formality.

Chaffin faces one count of third degree assault and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.  A judge ordered her held on $50,000 bail.

Bauer was released on his own recognizance. He faces one count of third degree assault and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The 9-year-old boy will testify against Chaffin and Bauer in a deal with prosecutors. He will be under department supervision for a year and have to go through 48 hours of counseling. He lives with his father and his uncle, who is his legal guardian.

Police say the boy got the .45-caliber during a visit with his mother. He brought the gun to Armin Jahr Elementary School in a backpack on Feb. 22. Police say it went off accidentally, hitting Amina Bowman.

Bowman, who turned 9-years-old Monday, has made remarkable improvement following five surgeries, but doctors say she still has a long way to go in her recovery.
 

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