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Youngstown woman indicted in death of 7-year-old son

Submitted photo Carla Molina holds her grandson, De’Vonte Ja’Ton Housley Jr., in this 2021 photo. De’Vonte was killed Oct. 22 in what police called an “accidental shooting.” His mother has been charged in connection to his death.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Marmion Avenue woman has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and four counts of child endangering in the October shooting death of her young son.

If convicted, Marquaysha A. Driver, 30, could get more than 10 years in prison. She is likely to be arraigned in the coming weeks in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

De’Vonte Ja’Ton Housley Jr., 7, was pronounced dead early Oct. 22 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after officers found him shot in a home in the 300 block of Marmion Avenue on the South Side.

Youngstown police said afterward they believed the death was an “accidental shooting” and would confer with prosecutors about possible charges.

“He was such a sweet kid, one that didn’t deserve this. No child deserves this,” his grandmother, Carla Molina, told The Vindicator a couple days after the boy, a second-grade student at Youngstown Community School, died.

Molina said prior to her grandson being released into the custody of his mother in 2021, he had spent the first six years of his life being raised in her care.

“He had manners, he was respectable and lovable because that’s what I instilled in him,” Molina said. “I taught him to walk, how to talk; I taught him to remember his address and his phone number. That was my baby.”

OTHERS

Others indicted Thursday were:

• Dustin Andric, 40, Jacob Logtown Road, Lisbon, menacing by stalking, unauthorized use of computer, cable or telecommunications property, aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment.

• Jason L. Wagner, 36, Little John’s Place, Boardman, two counts of identity fraud and single counts of grand theft and forgery.

• Christian S. Williams, 43, Shaffer Road, North Jackson, two counts of illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a school safety zone, using weapons while intoxicated, inducing panic, operating a vehicle under the influence, OVI-refusal with prior, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to stop after an accident involving property of others.

• Ashley M. Miranda, 38, Picadilly Street, Campbell, two counts of aggravated drug possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Nolan R. Alexander, 32 Mahoning County jail, intimidation.

• Benjamin C. Richards, 51, South Lipkey Road, North Jackson, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of vandalism and two counts of possessing criminal tools.

• Marcus J. Bosworth, 19, South Timberidge Avenue, Austintown, grand theft of a motor vehicle.

• Melvin L. Land, 29, East Dewey Avenue, aggravated drug possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case and heroin possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case.

• Kassondra M. White, 43, Woodcrest Avenue, grand theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.

• Ronald G. Petkosek, 41, Queens Drive, Warren, cocaine possession.

• Eryck A. Fletcher, 32, North Brockway Avenue, fentanyl-related compound possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case and cocaine possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case.

• Brandon D. Owens, 39, Lexington Avenue, having weapons while not allowed, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, cocaine possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case and obstructing official business.

• Alexander J. Mitchell, 37, Market Street, cocaine possession, aggravated trespass and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Shaun C. Davis, 20, Mahoning County jail, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

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