Port Alberni mother charged with second-degree murder in son’s death
A Port Alberni woman is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her son last year.
Samantha Jesselynn Dittmer was arrested on the evening of Aug. 29 at the home she shared with her son, Jesse McPhee, and charged with careless use of a firearm. The charge was upgraded to manslaughter five days later.
Manslaughter is a homicide committed without intent, although there may have been an intention to cause harm.
Manslaughter charges can apply when a person commits a crime that unintentionally results in the death of another person.
The charge can also include cases of criminal negligence, when the homicide was the result of an act or a failure to act that showed wanton or reckless disregard for the lives of others.