Mom accused of bringing gun to bus stop appears in court

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – New information in the case of a Chesterfield mother accused of pulling a gun at her child's bus stop. 33-year-old Shiquita Reed made two court appearances on Wednesday -- once in General District Court then again in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The first hearing addressed Reed's charge of disorderly conduct. The second hearing, her charges of five counts of brandishing a firearm.

All of the charges stem from two incidents police say happened at her child's bus stop at the corner of Hackney and Brambleton Roads.

On Monday, police say Reed pulled a gun at the bus stop -- and that she did so because her middle school daughter was being bullied.

Toni is Reed's sister. She says Reed never showed her weapon.

"She normally carries a gun. She has a right to carry a firearm," said Toni.

The very next day police say Reed went back to the same bus stop, blocked the bus from moving with her car, and began yelling and cursing.

Toni says, those allegations are also false. She describes reed as a good parent -- not some "crazy out of control person."

"She's a mother. She's protecting her child -- not to harm anyone's child. It's being blown up for more than what it is," said Toni.

As a safety precaution police officers were on hand this morning at the bus stop.

We're told they'll be there through the rest of the week -- which is calming the concerns of many parents.

"I think today was a good point that we mean business. The police mean business and we're going to take care of our children like we should and we're not going to have foolishness in this neighborhood," said concerned parent, Cynthia Brown.

Reed's family says she's a stay-at -home mother,  she's married, and her youngest child is 6-months-old.

In court a judge denied Reed bond. She's being held at Riverside Regional Jail. Reed's next court date is scheduled for June 9th at Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

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