Woman charged after accidental shooting death of 14-year-old

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RICH COUNTY (ABC4 News) A Utah woman was charged after the accidental shooting death of a teenager in September.

Kayleen Richins, 40, was charged with one count of negligent homicide.

On September 23, a 14-year-old boy was shot in the head while he was riding in the back seat of his family’s Jeep.

The boy and his family were on an outing to see fall leaves in the Eli Ridge area of the Monte Cristo Mountain Range. The family was driving through an aspen forest along a dirt road off Highway 39 when their jeep was pieced by a single round.

According to a probable cause statement, Richins and her family had set up a paper target on a cardboard box as they were target shooting with a hunting rifle.  Beyond the target was a dense forest.

Richins told investigators she did not know there was a road down range nor did she see the family’s vehicle.

Documents state to have seen the road “would have required investigating what lay beyond the trees and behind the target,” but Richins did not check.

“It was a failure to properly ascertain what was downrange of the target before setting up the target and firing the shot” that led to the teen’s death.

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