UPDATE: Mother Granted Bond, Fiance Denied in Death of Orange Co. Child

By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email
By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email
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Two people charged in connection to the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in Orange County Sunday night, are scheduled to face a judge Wednesday morning.

Billy Joe Lee, Tina Marie Toombs

April 8, 2014

There are still many questions surrounding the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in Orange County.

The couple charged in connection with the child's death appeared in court for the first time and prosecutors revealed that they believe the shooting might not have been an accident.

Tina Marie Toombs was visibly upset during a hearing to decide if she should be let free. She is charged with child neglect in the death of her boy.

She said she didn't want to live on the home on Mathews Mill Road anymore. That's where the sheriff says the boy was shot and killed late Sunday night.

Her fiancé Billy Joe Lee said little, only denying he admitted to shooting the boy in an interview with investigators.

Prosecutors told the judge he should be kept in jail for now because the shooting may not have been an accident.

When pressed the Commonwealth's Attorney added investigators do not believe the child is the only potential victim. We tried to find out more about what that meant - but court records are sealed and investigators aren't releasing any additional details.

For now, Lee is facing charges of felony child abuse and neglect, shooting in the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm within the home with the death of an individual, and child endangerment.

But prosecutors said in court that Lee could be charged with involuntary manslaughter at the very least.

Court records indicate Toombs been set free on 5-thousand dollars bond.

For now - Billy Joe Lee's being held in jail. His attorney has requested another bond hearing - that will be heard on April 21st.


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