April 4, 2018
No treatment for gunshot wound sends mom to jail
After the accidental shooting, Destinie Rochelle Beach and her friend drove to Colonial Beach, where a family member’s friend reported 4-year-old’s gunshot wound.
She did nothing for her child. She’s lucky her child didn’t die. . . . It was not through any of her own action that her child survived.
— Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Abigail Owens
A Stephens City woman took almost two hours to get medical treatment for her 4-year-old daughter, accidentally shot last September in the backseat of a vehicle parked at Quarles Truck Stop in Opal.
After a nearly a 90-minute hearing Wednesday in Fauquier County Circuit Court, Judge Jeffrey W. Parker sentenced Destinie Rochelle Beach to 12 months in prison on one count of “abuse and neglect” of a child, “demonstrating reckless disregard for human life.”
Judge Parker suspended all but 10 days of the sentence. Ms. Beach faced up to five years in prison on the charge.
The 22-year-old waited until she and a friend arrived at a Colonial Beach motel to get the wounded girl proper medical treatment.
“I think your behavior was inexplicable,” Judge Parker told Ms. Beach. “Your child was shot. You’re first order of business” should have been to get her medical care.
But Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Abigail Owens argued that Ms. Beach had another priority.
Ms. Beach made no effort to call 9-1-1 because, as convicted felon, she wanted to avoid possible prosecution associated with the accidental shooting.
“She did nothing for her child,” Ms. Owens told the judge. “She’s lucky her child didn’t die . . . . It was not through any of her own action that her child survived.”
Disputing that, Ms. Beach contended she left the scene without getting her child medical treatment because she felt threatened by Isaiah Marshall Davis, who accompanied her to Colonial Beach.
In February, Ms. Beach and Mr. Davis, 26, pleaded guilty to felony charges related to the accidental shooting last fall of her daughter.
Mr. Davis, who has an extensive criminal record, pleaded guilty to two counts of “abuse and neglect” of a child younger than 18 — one that deals with “serious injury” and another that showed a “reckless disregard for human life.”
Convictions on those charges carry up to 10 years in prison.
Mr. Davis, who remains in the Northern Neck Regional Jail, will be sentenced May 29.
Traveling with three children from Winchester to Colonial Beach, Ms. Beach and Mr. Davis pulled into the truck stop Sept. 8 to get gas.
Mr. Marshall and Ms. Beach left the children “unsupervised” in the vehicle. But it remains unclear if all of the children had been unrestrained.
Mr. Davis’ 2-year-old son apparently picked up the gun and “accidentally discharged it,” hitting Ms. Beach’s daughter in the shoulder. The other two children suffered no injury.
Judge Parker expressed doubts whether the 2-year-old could unbuckle a car seat belt, get a hold of a handgun and fire a round.
“That would be a questionable occurrence,” the judge said. “I greatly suspect the 2-year-old didn’t do it.”
But, “there were things that occurred that we don’t know,” Judge Parker added.
Using paper towels in the truck stop restroom, Ms. Beach stopped the bleeding from her daughter’s shoulder.
Ms. Beach and Mr. Davis then drove to they drove to Colonial Beach, where a friend of a family member contacted authorities about the accidental shooting. The girl received treatment at an area trauma center and got released.
Judge Parker noted that the two adults could have taken the wounded 4-year-old to Mary Washington University Hospital in Fredericksburg for treatment.
Failure to do that “was grossly negligent,” he said.
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Silii · April 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm
Isn't it time for Judge Parker to retire?
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