Shelby Foss
Photo: Augusta Chronicle
Photo: Augusta Chronicle

Bond reduced for Augusta woman whose 4-year-old fatally shot himself

An Augusta woman charged in the death of her 4-year-old son had her bond reduced during a court hearing Monday, the Augusta Chronicle reported.

Shelby Foss, 26, has been behind bars for nearly two years. She and her husband, Justin Foss, were arrested in July 2018, days after their son discovered a loaded gun and fatally shot himself in the couple’s apartment.

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Both were indicted on second-degree murder and child cruelty charges.

According to the Chronicle, the couple told investigators they were sleeping when they awoke to a loud bang and discovered their son with a gunshot wound to the head. The loaded gun had been left under the couch where Justin Foss Jr. was sleeping. 

Shelby Foss pleaded not guilty last year, but remains held at the Richmond County Jail as she awaits trial, the newspaper reported. Her bond amount was reduced by half Monday, from $200,000 to $100,000. Her bond conditions prohibit her from contacting her husband or any other children.

Justin Foss Sr., who was convicted of a 2012 robbery in South Carolina and prohibited from possessing guns, had his bond denied last year, the Chronicle reported. 

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