Dallas Police are expected to give an update after the mother of a fatally shot 3-year-old in Dallas was arrested. Video will appear in the player above.
The parents of a 3-year-old boy fatally shot Monday morning in Dallas have been arrested on outstanding warrants and now face additional charges, police say.
Lacravivonne Washington, 26, the mother of 3-year-old Jalexus Washington, was arrested headquarters Wednesday and was taken to Dallas police to be interviewed about her son’s death.
Police said the woman declined to speak with detectives and was taken to the Dallas County Jail for outstanding warrants out of Carrollton related to a speeding ticket and failure to use a child safety seat. Dallas police said she was also charged with endangering a child related to her son’s death.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by NBC 5, Washington told police Monday that she was involved in a road rage incident as she left a business with her three children, 2-year-old Layla Washington, 4-year-old Janiyah Washington and Jalexus, all of whom were unrestrained in her car.
An arrest has been made in connection with the shooting death of a 3-year-old in Dallas.
She said the driver followed her and that she pulled into a neighborhood to try to lose the person. She said she parked next to Forest Meadows Park and that as she was getting her children out of the car the driver returned and shot at them, striking her son dela. She said she then drove him to a nearby hospital.
Police said Washington signed a consent form at the hospital allowing police to search her vehicle for evidence. They said they stated there were no firearms in the vehicle, but while searching the vehicle for evidence of the road rage incident police found a handgun in the glove compartment.
Investigators later learned the gun was one of two that had been purchased on March 4 by Washington. The second gun was not found in the car or in a search of her home, police said.
During a subsequent videotaped interview at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, police said Washington waived her Miranda rights and gave a voluntary statement where she said during the road rage incident she reached for her handgun in the glove compartment twice but never pulled it out. She said during this time her children were freely moving from the front to the back seats and that she then heard two gunshots, the first of which she said sounded far away.
Police said the investigation into the road rage story stalled after officers were unable to locate a crime scene. According to the arresting document, police said they found no evidence of a road rage incident.
Additionally, according to the boy’s autopsy referenced in the affidavit, there was unburned gunpowder residue on the boy’s body, indicating the gunshot that killed him came from close proximity and ruling out his being shot by someone in a passing vehicle.
The charge of endangering a child was added, police said, because a weapon was accessible to her children who were unrestrained in the vehicle. Police have not released any additional information about how the boy was shot.
Washington is currently in the Dallas County Jail on a bond of $25,000. It’s not clear if she’s obtained an attorney.
Washington’s husband, Jalexus Washington Sr., was also arrested on March 30 for outstanding traffic warrants and for unlawfully carrying a weapon. Police said he waived his rights and gave a statement, saying he was at work when his son was shot and that he was unaware of the location of his wife’s gun but that it would have been in her care of her. The gun he was carrying, police said, was the second one purchased by his wife on March 4.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has had past involvement with the family, agency spokeswoman Tiffani Butler told NBC 5, although further details were not available due to state confidentiality laws. DFPS is investigating the fatality alongside Dallas Police, she said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Homicide Detective David Grubbs, #9159, at 214-671-3675 or by email at email@example.com. Please reference case number 053933-2022.