Chesterfield man accused of shooting pregnant wife

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man is behind bars accused of shooting his pregnant wife during an argument in front of their two children.

Keith Lee Sr. is facing several charges including attempted murder.

It's the second time in less than a week a domestic argument took a violent turn.

Relatives said Lee's wife Francine was shot in the leg as the couple's two boys, ages 10 and 7, watched.

They said the couple had issues before but nothing this serious.

Her sister is taking care of the boys as their mom recovers from the physical and emotional pain.

It's  a moment, Keshauna Bledsoe, will never forget when she says her younger sister, who's due to give birth in November to a baby girl, called Thursday night to say she'd been shot.

"It's like the worst thing just went through my mind," said Bledsoe.

Bledsoe rushed to her sister's house on Oregon Oak Drive.

"My heart was already pounding but it started pounding more because I didn't know where she was shot," said Bledsoe.

Bledsoe said Francine Lee was struck in her left leg.

Lee was taken to the hospital.  Her husband, Keith, to jail.

The couple's boys, who Bledsoe said witnessed the shooting, were with her mother.

"It could have been worse yes it could have and then what would we do then the kids would be without a mother," said Bledsoe.

This is the second domestic violence case that made news headlines this week.

Adrian Branch is accused of striking and killing his girlfriend, Amy White on Saturday.

His attorney said a prosecutor told a judge Branch used a brick to hit white on her head and face.

A search warrant revealed a brick was recovered from the home on Mockingbird Lane and that Branch also had unexplainable swelling to his right hand.

Between this January and June, there were 19 felony domestic assaults reported and more than a thousand misdemeanors.

The latter is up from the same time last year at 983.  28 felony domestic assaults were reported then.

"If there's an argument walk out," said Bledsoe.

The Lee's two boys weren't hurt, but the YWCA said as witnesses, the effects, like acting out in school, will be long-lasting.

"Why does it have to get down to this why is this what we want to teach our children," said Bledsoe.

The boys will undergo counseling.

Keith Lee, Sr. remains in jail without bond.  He was arraigned earlier today and is expected back in court next month.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the state family abuse hotline at 800-838-8238 or the Richmond YWCA at 643-0888.

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