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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.

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