The Ashland County Grand Jury returned an indictment against the Hayesville mother accused of leaving her children unattended, when her 8-year-old son shot his 4-year-old sister.

Alyssa M. Edwards, 27, is charged with two counts of endangering children, one a third-degree felony and the other a first-degree misdemeanor. The third charge is tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, according to the indictment, filed with the Ashland County Common Pleas Court late Friday morning.

Edwards previously pleaded not guilty to the two charges of endangering children — the charges are identical to the original criminal complaint filed March 5.

During the initial bond setting held Monday, March 5, Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said Edwards was informed the 8-year-old shot his sister multiple times on March 3, returned home, cleaned up a bed cover that had blood, returned to work, came back to her Hayesville home an hour later and then proceeded to take her 4-year-old daughter to the hospital.

Tunnell said Monday that the tampering with evidence charge relates to the cleaning of the bed cover.

"The situation outlined in the bond setting is pretty much it," Tunnell said.

Originally, a preliminary hearing to establish probable cause was scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 at Ashland County Common Pleas Court at 3 p.m.

Because an indictment was released on Monday, it is likely the hearing will instead be converted to an arraignment, Tunnell said.

"That is how the court has handled it in the past," he said.

Edwards’ bond was posted on Friday.

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