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Hearing waived for mother of Monroeville boy whose bookbag contained gun

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By Kyle Lawson
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 4:27 p.m.

The mother of a kindergartener who arrived at school with a gun in his book bag waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday in front of a Monroeville judge.

Stephanie L. Roth, 32, waived a preliminary hearing on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The boy discovered the gun on April 30 when he arrived at Ramsey Elementary in Monroeville.

He immediately showed the gun to his teacher, which led to subsequent charges, according to the criminal complaint.

The child is being cared for by a grandparent, while Roth has completed inpatient drug rehabilitation and will be taking parenting classes in an effort to try to “get her life straight,” said her attorney Owen Seman.

“Anything that she can do to help herself out, she's going to do,” Seman said.

Roth told police there were several people she suspected were drug dealers who carried guns in her apartment the night before the incident.

She told police that when she was in another room, they were sitting at a table next to the bookbag.

Monroeville police were unable to trace the gun to an owner.

“I don't think there's any question that there were other people that may have some responsibility with that gun getting in the kid's backpack,” Seman said.

“There's a lot of other things out there that are kind of unknowns at this point.”

Roth moved to Braddock since the incident.

A formal arraignment in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Aug. 4.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or

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