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Warrant issued for mother of boy who accidentally shot girl at Bremerton school

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
March 5, 2012 6:16 pm

Bremerton police today issued an arrest warrant for the mother of the 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot and injured a classmate at an elementary school last month.

A warrant was also issued for the woman’s boyfriend, Douglas Bauer. He faces one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The mother, Jamie Lee Passmore, is a felon whose right to own a firearm had been revoked. She faces two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police said the warrants stemmed from the adults leaving three loaded guns within the boy’s reach.

The boy allegedly got a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun from the glovebox of Passmore’s vehicle during a weekend visit. He then carried it in his backpack to Armin Jahr Elementary School on Feb. 22. Police said the weapon accidentally discharged, striking an 8-year-old girl.

Amina Bowman is recovering at Harborview Medican Center in Seattle, where she has undergone at least five surgeries. A family attorney said the bullet shattered the girls’ elbow and went into her abdomen, penetrating her liver, pancreas and intestines.

Doctors have said the bullet remains lodged near her spine and probably can’t be removed.

The boy has been charged with 3rd degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and bringing a dangerous weapon onto school grounds. The Kitsap County prosecutor has said he intends to seek probation and treatment for the boy.

The boy lived with his uncle, who became the boy’s legal guardian after Passmore and the boy’s father, Jason Cochran, relinquished custody. Both parents have criminal histories.

Cochran has been convicted several times for violating protection orders against Passmore. Passmore has been convicted of marijuana delivery and forgery, according to court documents.

In 2005, she was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine but pleaded guilty to a drug paraphernalia charge.

The boy’s father and uncle apologized to Amina’s family during a court hearing.

Police said Monday the handgun used in the school shooting was owned by Bauer.

When detectives searched the home shared by Bauer and Passmore, they allegedly found a loaded 9mm pistol sitting on a desk next to a computer and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun leaning on the wall next to the nightstand.

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