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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 with 3 Comments »
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The mother, Jamie Lee Passmore, is a felon whose right to own a firearm had been revoked.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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  1. ReadNLearn says:

    Nothing but trash. Decent people suffer because of multiple efforts to put a miscreant juvenile into different schools because it’s more important to give the violent child chances than to protect innocent children. How many times has this child’s mother and her boyfriends been given chances after causing so much harm? So called ‘compassion’ is the reason the unfortunate little girl was horribly harmed.

  2. I hope this poor child ends up in a safe, stable and loving home. I have a nine year old son and can’t imagine what this boy has gone through to want so badly to leave home and to feel so vulnerable he believed he must have a gun. It is tragic Amina was wounded and I hope this boy is treated as equally wounded and treated accordingly.

  3. LittleBear says:

    Readnlearn, The parents are the problem here, not the child. The system is the problem here, not the child.
    The State took the kids, the parents did not willingly give them up. The Grandmother got the kids, But the kids once again fell victem as the Grandmother died. The boy went to his Uncle. That was ok until the Uncle took his brother, the boys father in. Now the Father who lost his parental rights is once again in the same house as the kid.
    The system also allowed the visitation without supervision, knowing that the mother has a drug habit.
    The boyfriend has loaded guns all over his house and in his vehicles. Do normal people have loaded guns lying at every place possible for quick easy access if they are not doing something illegal, say like DRUG DEALING.
    Sure the 9 year old boy took one of those guns, he took it to school because he was going to run away (after school?) he told a friend he had it, but he never showed anyone the gun.
    He hung his backpack on the coat hook than put his coat on the hook. Whe he took the back off to get his coat and leave, like most kids he threw his pack. The 1911 style 45ACP discharged and struck a little girl who will forever suffer the tragic results of bad parents.
    At Nine years old, at Eight years old, neither of these kids should have ever been placed in a posistion to become harmed / maimed becuase grown adults can’t act like responsible adults and protect the inocent children
    LITTLE FACT: Children Eights years and under can not leagly commit a crim in Washington State. Children 8-12 must be proven by the authorties (Court system) to be able to reason that their actions were illegal

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