Holly Pallone, 26 stands accused of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment after her 19-month-old son, Anthony F. Pallone Jr., was discovered dead in his crib from a single gunshot wound to the head. According to authorities in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Pallone claimed that she was cleaning the gun to sell it when the bullet accidentally struck her son.
Lehigh County Coroner, Scott Grim, ruled baby Anthony’s death a homicide.
According to WFMZ-TV, Pallone called 911 around midnight Saturday night and said, “there was a gun and it went off and hit my son in the forehead. The .44 caliber Smith and Wesson allegedly belonged to a man living with Pallone and baby Anthony and she was planning to sell it to her dope supplier, “Low,” for $200.00 that night.
With Anthony lying in a pack and play, the papers outline how Pallone sat on her bed and tried to unload the gun, even though she told police she didn’t know how to remove the bullets. That’s when documents say Pallone “apparently cocked the hammer” and the gun fired.
Martin says the bullet went through the mattress on the bed and into Anthony’s crib about 5 feet away. Grim said the toddler had a single gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at 12:47 Sunday morning.
Pallone is currently in Lehigh County prison with a $1 million bail. Various agencies, including a Homicide Task Force, still have questions about the shooting and are currently investigating.
A preliminary hearing is set for October 15th, and according to NBCPhiladelpia, Pallone will be represented by a public defender.