• Memphis mother in court, charged with shooting death of her daughter

    By: Tom Dees

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Memphis mother was in court Wednesday morning after she allegedly left her daughter and son in the car with a loaded handgun.

    Katrena Blackshire, 33, is facing aggravated child abuse charges and criminally negligent homicide.

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    Investigators said Blackshire left her son and daughter in her Buick with a loaded 380 handgun.

    The affidavit describes the gun as being found in an open center console.

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    Blackshire’s 12-year-old daughter, Tyteana James, was found unresponsive in the car. She was taken to Le Bonheur where she was pronounced dead.

    Blackshire’s attorney Mike Campbell told FOX13, "She is what you would expect to be in a tragedy. With tragedies like this it is really hard to talk and to gather your mindset. 


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     Police are also charging her 13-year-old brother with reckless in the case. 

    "This is a tragedy and what we are doing is asking the people to pray for the family," Campbell said.

    According to the affidavit, Blackshire waved her Miranda rights and gave a full statement. Saying that she left the loaded gun in the car with the children unattended.

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