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UPDATE: Hamilton County grand jury indicts mother in toddler's death

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Kelly Pittman appeared in court Monday. WRCBtv.com photo Kelly Pittman appeared in court Monday. WRCBtv.com photo
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: A Hamilton County grand jury has indicted an Apison mother in the death of her toddler son.

The case against Kelly Pittman, also known as Kelly Michaels, was heard by a grand jury, which chose to indict her on charges of criminally negligent homicide and child neglect.

Hamilton County authorities charged Pittman in March after her son Gavin fatally shot himself with a gun left in the glove compartment of Pittman’s vehicle.

Pittman is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Court to enter a plea on May 20. 


PREVIOUS STORY: The mother of an Apison toddler who was killed while playing with a gun had her bond lowered Monday by 99.6 percent.

Kelly Pittman made her first court appearance Monday where she waived her right to a preliminary hearing after being charged with criminally negligent homicide and child neglect.

Her 3-year-old son Gavin died last month after accidentally shooting himself with a loaded pistol he found in the glove box of the family's minivan.

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Pittman was being held on a $500,000 bond originally set last week but that bond was reduced to $2,000 Monday morning. General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom bound the case over to the grand jury on the $500,000 bond amount but it was Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz who signed off on the reduction, according to the clerk's office.

The District Attorney's office calls the lower bond "appropriate" because they say there's no indication she's a danger to society or a flight risk. They also say it's very common for bond set by a magistrate to be adjusted by another judge. 

Pittman's attorney Dan Ripper said their decision to send the case straight to the grand jury allows them to move forward with the child custody issue in juvenile court and to address the issue of bond amount.

Ripper said once she's released from jail, she'll focus on regaining custody with her other two children who are now in foster care.

"She needs to focus on reuniting her family and getting her family back together," Ripper said. "That is, I think, at this point her biggest priority and the thing she is most concerned about."

Almost a dozen of Pittman's family members were in court Monday to show their support.

"She has a lot of family support, she's very lucky in that regard and that's why I think we can expect there to be success in reuniting her family."

The grand jury will decide in the next 2-3 months if there's enough evidence to indict Pittman on the charges of criminally negligent homicide and child neglect.

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