Mother charged in death of Lehigh Co. child shot in crib

SLATINGTON, Pa. (AP) - October 7, 2012

26-year-old Holly Pallone was arraigned Sunday morning from Lehigh County prison on that charge along with reckless endangerment.

According to the arrest affidavit, officers were sent to a Slatington apartment late Saturday and found Anthony Pallone Jr. in the crib with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later, said county coroner Scott Grim, who ruled the death a homicide and scheduled an autopsy for Monday.

Pallone said she had taken the Smith and Wesson .44 caliber weapon from a shelf because she planned to sell it later that night. As she was trying to unload the gun while sitting on her bed next to the crib, she apparently caught the hammer and the weapon discharged, according to court records.

On Sunday, Pallone answered District Judge Michael D'Amore's questions about whether she understood the charges by saying 'Yes, sir" until the judge informed her that he was setting bail at $1 million.

"I have no way of making that," she said.

The judge tentatively scheduled a preliminary hearing for Oct. 15.

Court records indicate that Pallone will be represented by the county public defender's office, where a message seeking comment could not be left Sunday.

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