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Convicted SE Texas baby sitter facing re-arrest

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Posted: Jul 2, 2014 11:33 AM

Updated: Jul 2, 2014 11:34 AM

ORANGE, Texas (AP) Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Southeast Texas woman, accusing her of violating a probation sentence she had received after a 5-year-old boy she was baby-sitting shot himself with her gun.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the warrant was issued last week for 19-year-old Melissa Ringhardt after she failed to follow the conditions of her probation.

Authorities believe Ringhardt might be in the Dallas area.

Ringhardt had pleaded guilty to endangering a child, a state jail felony, for the October incident in which 5-year-old John Read shot himself with her handgun while she took a nap. The shooting took place in Vidor, about 90 miles east of Houston.

Ringhardt later told authorities she was high on marijuana the day of the shooting.

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