31-year-old Jennifer Mitchell, of Donaldsonville, Louisiana was fighting with her husband, Henry. At some point during the argument Jennifer armed herself with a handgun and unintentionally fired the gun. The bullet went through Henry's leg and hit their 8-year-old daughter. The bullet grazed the girl's chest.
At the hospital while her daughter was being treated Jennifer told police that the girl had found the .38-caliber handgun in a nightstand and had accidentally fired it. During the investigation police discovered inconsistencies in the parents' story and arrested the pair.
Jennifer Mitchell was charged with aggravated battery, negligent injury, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and criminal mischief for filing a false police report.
Henry Mitchell was charged with simple assault, accessory after the fact to negligent injury, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and obstruction of justice.
The couple's three children, including the girl who was wounded, were taken into protective custody.