Mother of boy, 6, who shot Virginia teacher sentenced to two more years in prison for neglect

The mother of a six-year-old boy who shot a teacher with her handgun in the US has been jailed.

Deja Taylor, 26, pleaded guilty in August to child neglect, as well as to federal charges of possessing a firearm while using cannabis and making a false statement while purchasing a pistol in June.

After being sentenced to 21 months for the other two charges in November, the mother from Virginia will now spend a further two years in prison for felony neglect.

The combination of the state and federal sentences means the mother will spend nearly four years behind bars.

Taylor’s son, who has not been identified, used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol to shoot Abigail Zwerner, a 25-year-old first-grade teacher, in January.

Police said the boy had taken the handgun from home, placed it in his backpack and removed it while Ms Zwerner was teaching her class at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia.

The child then fired one shot, which pierced Ms Zwerner’s hand and entered her chest.

No one else was injured and the teacher was hailed a “hero” for evacuating students to safety after being shot.

The teacher underwent multiple operations in around two weeks.

She has since undergone five hand operations and still has the bullet in her chest, according to The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

Sky News partner network NBC News reported in January that Ms Zwerner texted a loved one an hour before she was shot to say the boy had a gun.

A source close to Ms Zwerner told the broadcaster that the teacher felt administrators at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News weren’t helping with the situation.