by Aaron Gibson, April 4, 2016
A Mt. Orab woman faces child endangerment charges after a shot was fired in a possible struggle for a gun on Sunday, April 3.
Janice Bastin has been charged with third-degree felony endangering children, first-degree misdemeanor using weapons while intoxicated, and fourth-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.
Bastin’s partner Gregory Oldham was also charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence in connection with the incident.
Following a 911 call to Brown County Communications Center about a female being threatened by a man with a gun, a deputy with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and two Mt. Orab police arrived on scene at a home on Clements Road, Green Township, where they found a ceiling had been shot.
According to an affidavit filed in Brown County Municipal Court, the incident happened in the kitchen of the home as Bastin and Oldham allegedly fought for possession of a Glock 26 .9mm pistol.
The round was allegedly discharged in the presence of a boy who has autism.
In an interview with investigators, Oldham said Bastin found his gun in the kitchen drawer and fired the shot into the ceiling as she was walking to a front door. He continued, saying he then got the gun from her and unloaded it in his truck.
A witness claimed Bastin was in possession of the firearm when it discharged.
The suspected firearm was recovered, according to court records.
Bastin was arraigned Monday morning and released on $25,000 recognizance bond under the conditions she may not consume alcohol or possess firearms. Her next hearing is scheduled for April 27.
Oldham was arraigned Monday morning and released on $7,000 recognizance bond. His next hearing is set for April 19.
—Brown County Crime Reporter, April 4, 2016 12:19 PM EST
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