Police said 14-year-old Emma Redlinger was fatally shot in the head Feb. 28, 2015, while some teenagers handled a semiautomatic rifle at a friend’s house in Vinton, reportedThe Gazette.
Federal prosecutors have charged 52-year-old Robyn Merchant with one count of providing a firearm to a prohibited person.
Investigators did not provide details about the events that led to the teen’s death, but they said Merchant’s son tested positive for marijuana and admitted to smoking marijuana regularly by age 15.
Merchant admitted she knew about her son’s regular marijuana use when she gave him the Walther HK MPS 22LR semi-automatic the day before Emma was killed.
Iowa mom buys semiautomatic rifle for teen son — and his friend is accidentally killed by it the next day