75-year-old grandma shoots grandson in the leg for keeping teacup on her furniture

A woman faces an assault charge after authorities say she shot her grandson in the leg over an argument about where he placed a teacup, according to court records


                            75-year-old grandma shoots grandson in the leg for keeping teacup on her furniture

A 75-year-old grandmother shot her grandson in the leg for ignoring her repeated instructions to keep his teacup off her furniture, and now she faces second-degree assault charges. Law enforcement authorities arrived at Helen Washington's home in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, last Friday and found the grandson lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound on his thigh. He told officers it was his grandmother who shot him.

Helen Washington, 75. (Hennepin County Police)
Helen Washington, 75. (Hennepin County Police)

Washington was arrested at the scene after officers found a .38 special revolver with five rounds of ammunition left since one of them had been fired. According to a minor at the scene who spoke with responding authorities, he saw Washington get angry when her grandson, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when he refused to move his teacup off the furniture.

The 75-year-old then poured the tea out of his cup and left the room to reportedly fetch the firearm. When she returned, she saw that her grandson had poured himself another cup of tea and placed it on the furniture once again, blatantly ignoring her demands.

Washington's residence in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. (Google Maps)
Washington's residence in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. (Google Maps)

It was then that Washington pulled the gun out and shot her grandson in the leg, prosecutors told the court. Officers said that when she was apprehended, Washington told them she didn't think she should go to prison as she deliberately hit her grandson at the thigh, which is apparently 'relatively harmless'.

A judge ordered Washington to be evaluated this week to determine whether she is mentally fit to stand trial as she faces felony charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Washington's next court appearance is scheduled for December 18, Daily Mail reports.