LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A judge set bail at $80,000 for a woman who faces four felony charges after her 3-year-old son died of a gunshot to the head.
Jasmin Vargas, 25, was holding the gun, and pulled the trigger. She told police she didn’t think the gun was loaded at the time.
A public defender was appointed to represent Vargas on Tuesday morning during a hearing before Judicial Officer Amy Chelini in Las Vegas Justice Court. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 5.
Bail was set with “high level monitoring” and conditions that Vargas cannot have contact with minors or possess weapons.
Vargas is charged with three counts of child abuse/neglect and one count of disregard for the safety of a person.
Police said Vargas was holding a gun she legally owned and “showing it off to some friends” on Dec. 16 at about 7 p.m. She had taken the gun from her car after talking with friends about the safety of the neighborhood around a friend she was visiting near Charleston Boulevard and Nellis Boulevard.
According to statements during a police interview contained in an arrest report, Vargas pulled the trigger, believing it was not loaded. A bullet struck her son, John Jaffey, in the temple.