COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Colorado mother to prison for negligence after her 2-year-old son fatally shot himself with an unsecured pistol believing it was a squirt gun.

Melissa Michelle Adamson was sentenced Monday to 24 years imprisonment in the October 2018 death of Lokhi Bloom.

The 33-year-old Colorado Springs mother pleaded guilty to a felony count of child abuse in September.

Authorities say the boy had a habit of drinking from a squirt gun but shot himself moments after discovering his mother’s loaded handgun.

Adamson, a recovering methamphetamine addict, told authorities that she loaded the gun after receiving threatening text messages from a drug dealer.

Authorities say an ax and drug needles were also found within reach of Bloom and two other children.

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