Family members support Durham mom charged in son's death - WNCN: News, Weather

Family members support Durham mom charged in son's death

Posted: Updated:
Amy Pittman was in front of a judge for a charge unrelated to the April 28 death of her 9-year-old son. Amy Pittman was in front of a judge for a charge unrelated to the April 28 death of her 9-year-old son.
DURHAM, N.C. -

A Durham mother facing charges in the shooting death of her young son appeared before a judge Thursday with three supporters behind her.

Amy Pittman was in front of a judge for a charge unrelated to the April 28 death of her 9-year-old son.

One of those supporters was Kisha Johnson, who said Pittman was like a sister to her.

“She smiled a little bit, but I could tell she was upset. She was not dealing with it too well," Johnson said of Pittman in court.

Pittman's niece, Chiquitta Johnson said her kids are her life.

She’s not the flowery Amy that we usually see. She’s done took a loss, a very horrible loss," Chiquitta Johnson said. "I feel like she has suffered enough and she’s still suffering. This indictment and this charge that she’s got on her, this should not be for her.”

Pittman faces charges of voluntary manslaughter, felony child abuse, gross negligence and misdemeanor child abuse in connection with her son’s death.

"The voluntary manslaughter is kind of harsh because it's not like she did it or intended for it to happen," Johnson said.

Police said Amy Pittman was not home when Christian Pittman and his 12-year-old brother were playing with a gun. Their 14-year-old sister was also home at the time.

An investigation revealed the shooting of Christian Pittman was an accident.

Family and friends said Pittman did not own the gun and did not know it was in the house. But reaction is mixed among those who know her.

Meme Liles said she knows Amy Pittman and agrees with the charges.

"I don't have [any] sympathy for somebody who's endangering the lives of kids,” said Liles. “I don't care who you are - mama, daddy, aunt, uncle, brother, sister. I don't care."

Family members said the kids are now with grandparents in Durham.

Pittman remains in jail on a $151,000 bond. She's scheduled back in court July 14.

RELATED STORIES

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

  • Durham CountyMore>>

  • Lovette found not guilty in Duke student's death

    Lovette found not guilty in Duke student's death

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:19:27 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A man convicted of killed UNC student body president Eve Carson was acquitted Wednesday in the murder of a Duke graduate student in 2008.
    A man convicted of killed UNC student body president Eve Carson was acquitted Wednesday in the murder of a Duke graduate student in 2008.
  • Grant Hill to donate $1.25M to Duke

    Grant Hill to donate $1.25M to Duke

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:55:29 GMT
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, are giving $1.25 million to the school. (Contributed)Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, are giving $1.25 million to the school. (Contributed)
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife are giving $1.25 million to the school.
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife are giving $1.25 million to the school.
  • Durham assistant police chief sues city over racial discrimination

    Durham assistant police chief sues city over racial discrimination

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:15:33 GMT
    Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes says Chief Jose Lopez overlooked black officers for promotions based on race.Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes says Chief Jose Lopez overlooked black officers for promotions based on race.
    The attorney for an assistant chief of police in Durham has filed a lawsuit against the City of Durham, Chief Jose Lopez and City Manager Tom Bonfield.
    The attorney for an assistant chief of police in Durham has filed a lawsuit against the City of Durham, Chief Jose Lopez and City Manager Tom Bonfield.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.