BREMERTON, Wash. – Last Thursday we reported on the 8-year old who was shot in the stomach while in class at Armin Jahr Elementary School. One of her classmates, a 9-year-old boy, brought a gun to school in his backpack where it accidentally discharged.
In that article, a comment was made by the husband of the teacher who was in the classroom where the shooting occurred. He stated that the boy had recently transferred to the school and had been a real problem in the classroom. Now that we have some more information on the boy, there’s no wonder why. He has been surrounded by morons.
The boy is currently in his uncle’s custody after his parents relinquished custody of him and his two sisters to his paternal grandmother. When the boy’s grandmother died from pancreatic cancer in 2010, he was placed with his uncle, Patrick Cochran.
His mother, Jamie Lee Chaffin, has been convicted of forgery as well as possessing meth and marijuana. Charging documents show the boy got the gun from her during a weekend visit and it may have belonged to her boyfriend. His father, Jason Cochran, has been convicted of violating protection orders relating to the boy’s mother and has been taken to court for child support.
The boy is under house arrest and must check in daily with the county juvenile department. He is facing charges of unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school and third-degree assault. If a judge determines he knew what he did was wrong, he will allow prosecutors to proceed with the charges.
Prosecutors say they are not trying to lock the boy up, they just want to hold him accountable with probation, treatment and other services. They will not comment on their investigation into the boy’s mother and how he was able to get the gun from her aside from stating they are looking at what role she played and “fully expect all aspects into the case to be investigated.”
Meanwhile, 8-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman is in intensive care after having underwent surgeries to repair the damage done after a .45-caliber bullet entered her arm and abdomen. According to doctors, she’ll be there several more weeks and has several more surgeries in her near future.Tags: Accident, Amina Kocer-Bowman, Armin Jahr Elementary School, Crime, school, Shooting, Washington