Crime

Mom arrested after son shot himself. She and boy’s father were dealing drugs, cops say

A Parrish woman has been charged with being negligent in connection to her 12-year-old son shooting himself. She also has been charged with running a drug operation out of their home with the boy’s father.

Rose Kimball, 44, surrendered at the Manatee County jail on Friday and was charged with one count of culpable negligence with a firearm causing serious injury to a child, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of manufacturing a controlled substance. She was released on Saturday on bonds totaling $24,000.

The couple’s 12-year-old son, who was home-schooled, shot himself in the head on Jan. 9, but investigators have still not determined whether it was accidental or intentional.

When sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call from the couple’s home they found evidence that Haitham Suleiman, 41, and Kimball were manufacturing synthetic marijuana, known as “Spice,” in the garage. Haitahm Suleiman was arrested earlier this month on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a residence to manufacture a controlled substance, trafficking in synthetic cannabinoids, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

The father is convicted felon so there should not have been a gun in the home.

Meanwhile, the boy remains at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and his condition has improved since the day of the shooting despite initially having a poor prognosis. An extended family member is now seeking custody of the boy, according to court records.

The couple, who have been together for more than 12 years but are not married, were both involved in the drug operation, housed in a make-shift lab in their home’s garage, according to the sheriff’s office.

Just hours before the Jan. 9 shooting, Suleiman and Kimball were both seen on footage from their home video surveillance system wearing yellow kitchen gloves and turning the synthetic marijuana in large plastic bins in the garage, according to warrant affidavits. The system also later captured Kimball appearing to hide cash in the home, detectives noted.

Detectives found more than $40,000 in a safe in the master bedroom of the home and more than $6,000 hidden in a shoe box in the freezer in the kitchen. About 7.9 kilograms of the prepared synthetic marijuana and 74.8 kilograms of the untreated plant was seized from the home, according to the reports.

Inside the make-shift lab detectives say they also found 18 sealed bottles and an open bottle of acetone and about 766.2 grams of another synthetic cannabinoid, known to be used in making Spice, as well as a high-capacity scale, a chemical sprayer and a gas mask. Detectives also reported finding marijuana and a bong on the patio of the home.

During their interview with Suleiman on the day following the shooting after detectives had completed a search of the home, they say Suleiman told them, “You found the Spice.” He also questioned about whether he would have to leave his family and about how tough local prosecutors were.

“During this interview, Suleiman’s only concern was how much trouble he was going to be in,” a detective wrote in an affidavit.

Jessica De Leon has been covering crime, courts and law enforcement for the Bradenton Herald since 2013. She has won numerous awards for her coverage including the Florida Press Club’s Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting in 2016 for her coverage into the death of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas.
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