A Hyndman woman is facing endangerment charges after a 9-year-old child was accidently shot by another child cleaning a gun in September.

Patricia A. Lohr, 66, on Nov. 21 was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person and tampering with evidence.

State police said Lohr gave a loaded rifle to a 13-year-old boy to clean on Sept. 13 at her 189 Frog Eye Road home. The boy pulled the trigger while cleaning the gun, causing it to fire and strike a 9-year-old child.

The 9-year-old was taken to UPMC Altoona for treatment.

Lohr, who is the legal guardian of both children, initially told police that the rifle was accidently knocked over in her home, causing it to fire.

A witness, Lisa Fink, told police that Lohr had told her and the children to lie about what had happened so she would not get in trouble.

The 13-year-old boy also told police Lohr had told him to lie. He reported that Lohr had given him the gun to clean and that he pulled the trigger while cleaning it, shooting the other child.

Lohr later admitted to police that she came up with the lie and disposed of the fired shell casing prior to police arriving st the scene.

Lohr waived her right to a preliminary hearing on the misdemeanor charges on Wednesday. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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