A Minnesota grandmother is in hot water after police say she shot her grandson over a squabble involving a teacup earlier this month.
Helen Lenoir Washington, 75, of Brooklyn Center, is accused of shooting her unidentified grandson in the thigh on October 12, KARE 11 reports, citing a criminal complaint.
According to the complaint, authorities were responding to a call about a shooting at a home, located in the 5800 block of Camden Avenue North, when they discovered the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.
The man reportedly told officials that Washington had become upset after he rested a cup of tea on a wooden table, according to Fox 9. When the grandmother noticed, she “removed the cup, dumped it and left the room.”
However, the grandson apparently returned to the room with yet another teacup before also placing it on the table. That is when police say the situation escalated, with Washington retrieving a .38 special revolver and shooting the man.
The criminal complaint states that a total of five rounds of ammunition were discovered in the home.
Authorities subsequently placed the grandma under arrest, although she reportedly argued that she shouldn’t go to jail over the incident, according to KARE 11.
Washington was charged with second-degree assault and taken to Hennepin County Jail, where she was released from on October 16.
A judge ordered an evaluation on the woman to confirm if she is fit for trial. Her next court appearance is scheduled for December 18.
[Feature photos: Helen Washington/Hennepin County Jail, Pixabay]