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Anchorage mother charged in son's death by self-inflicted shooting

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: July 8, 2016
  • Published February 2, 2016

A woman has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of her 3-year-old son in a self-inflicted shooting at a South Anchorage home last summer.

Court records show that Elizabeth Joelle Morin, 22, is charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of Brayden Heath on Aug. 5.

Morin was one of three adults inside the residence on the 4000 block of Olympic Terrace Circle on Aug. 5, said Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Anita Shell.

Medics responded to the home after Brayden shot himself with a gun he found there and pronounced him dead just before 12:30 p.m. Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion said charging documents in the case were still pending as of Tuesday, but that both the manslaughter and homicide charges against Morin are based on alleged negligence.

Campion said at the time of the shooting that any decision on whether to issue charges would come after pending testimony from witnesses and processing of evidence from the state crime lab.

On Tuesday, Campion said Morin was not in custody but had been served with a summons to appear in court Thursday afternoon. He attributed the decision not to arrest Morin to her community ties as well as her cooperation with the investigation of Heath's shooting.

"I didn't assess that she was a flight risk," Campion said.

Morin's bail will be set at Thursday's arraignment, Campion said.

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