Melissa Ringhardt

Update: Melissa Ringhardt, the babysitter on duty at the time of 5-year-old Vidor resident John “Johnny” Read’s accidental shooting death in October 2013, was located and arrested by deputies of the Pope County Sheriff’s Department in Russellville, Arkansas on Oct. 2, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Melissa Ringhardt, the babysitter on duty at the time of 5-year-old Vidor resident John “Johnny” Read’s accidental shooting death in October 2013, has been located and arrested by deputies of the Pope County Sheriff’s Department in Russellville, Arkansas, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Melissa Ringhardt (right) and John “Johnny” Allen Read

Law enforcement officers are searching for 19-year-old Melissa Ringhardt of Vidor after she allegedly violated the terms of her probation on charges of Endangering a Child resulting from an October 21, 2013 incident in which five-year-old John "Johnny" Allen Read fatally shot himself while Ringhardt, his babysitter, was asleep on the job, according to Orange County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Clint

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Melissa Ringhardt (right) and John “Johnny” Allen Read

A tragic accident in Vidor has resulted in the arrest of a 19-year-old, the death of a 5-year-old boy and the devastation of a family reeling from loss.

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