A 23-year-old Kansas City woman allegedly fatally shot her 5-year-old son during an argument with her boyfriend early Saturday and then blamed the shooting on an intruder, according to court documents.
Lisa Marie Hall, who had been drinking with her boyfriend, allegedly shot the boy once in the head. The shooting occurred just before 7 a.m. in a home at 415 N. Elmwood Ave.
Prosecutors on Sunday charged Hall with unlawful use of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors requested bond be set at $150,000.
The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. The boy was about to begin kindergarten, a friend of Hall’s said. She said the family had planned to have a barbecue and go to a water park on Saturday.
According to court records, Hall was initially taken to the hospital after the shooting because she was highly emotional when police arrived. After being released because she was not injured, she voluntarily went to Police Headquarters to talk to detectives.
Police said she told them another man, whom she knew as “504,” entered the home and threatened her with a gun. Police said she told them she pushed his gun hand away and the gun discharged, striking her son.
The boyfriend told police he and Hall had purchased the handgun on Friday. Hall’s boyfriend initially told police that “504” was present in the room.
But a witness who lives at the residence told police there were no adults in the bedroom other than Hall and her boyfriend. The witness said that Hall and her boyfriend had been drinking and before the shooting they had been “bickering.”
The witness then heard a “pop” and saw Hall run down the hall carrying her son and screaming “My baby, my baby!”
The witness also told police the boyfriend said, “It wasn’t me. It wasn’t me. She pulled it on me.”
Police contacted Hall and her boyfriend again after statements from the witness contradicted their initial accounts of what happened. Hall requested an attorney and the police ended the interview.
The boyfriend acknowledged that what he initially told police was a lie, according to court documents. He told police that Hall was seated on a bed and her son was standing next to the boyfriend. Hall allegedly pulled the gun from her waist and fired, and the boy fell to the floor, according to court documents.
The boyfriend said his own son was in the bedroom at the time of the shooting but was not injured. But the boy’s face had some blood on it from the boy who was shot.
A check of the boyfriend’s cellphone showed that he had called 911 twice at the time of the shooting. He told police that Hall previously had stabbed him, causing injuries that required surgery.
Police later located “504,” who told them he was unaware that a child had been shot and that he had not been to the residence for about a week.
After obtaining a search warrant for the residence, police found a live 9mm round on the bed, a spent bullet in a closet, a hole in the wall and “a significant amount of blood” on the floor. But no spent casing and no handgun were found.
The case remains under investigation.
As of Thursday, there had been five victims of homicides this year in Kansas City who were 16 years old or younger. In at least two of those homicides, the victims were shot.
Earlier this year, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said she was seeing an alarming and disturbing trend of children falling prey to violent acts.
“It is our community’s duty to protect (the children), to look after them,” Baker said in mid-January.
Those comments came at the time she filed charges in the death of 2-year-old Lorenzo Estrada of Kansas City. He died at a hospital Jan. 9 after being violently shaken and jumped on. His mother’s boyfriend is charged with his death.