COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Colorado mother to 24 years in prison after her 2-year-old son fatally shot himself with her pistol, believing it was a squirt gun. Melissa Michelle Adamson was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to child abuse resulting in death in the October 2018 death of Lokhi Bloom.

Melissa Adamson (credit: CBS)

Authorities have said the boy habitually drank water from a squirt gun and shot himself moments after discovering his mother’s loaded handgun.

Adamson has said she is a recovering methamphetamine addict and told authorities that she loaded the gun after receiving threatening text messages from a drug dealer.

Lohki Bloom (credit: GoFundMe)

Authorities have said an ax and drug needles were also found within reach of her son and other children.

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Adamson also pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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