Police: Mom of teen shot by friend turns to WebMD, instead of hospital, for help


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 1:59 PM

Santa Fe police: Teen shot by friend

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HOUSTON – A mother was arrested and charged after she allegedly turned to WebMD.com, instead of seeking professional medical attention, when her 14-year-old son was shot by a friend playing with a gun, Santa Fe police said.

The shooting happened at 6:27 p.m. Tuesday inside the family’s home located in the 10400 block of 27th Street, police said. Investigators said the incident was captured on the home’s in-house surveillance video system.

The video shows Pete Jesse Rodriguez, 24, who is also a resident of the home, pointed a pistol directly at the teen, police said. Rodriguez is accused of tracking the teen’s movement with the pistol and eventually pulling the trigger. The victim was shot once in the upper left thigh with a high-caliber bullet, police said.

The teen lay on the floor for several minutes before getting up. Police said the teen and his mother initially looked up gunshots on WebMD.com.  Then, seven hours later, the teen’s mother drove him to Mainland Center hospital, police said.

After initial treatment at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, the victim was transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston where he remained Wednesday in stable condition.

Detectives arrested and charged Rodriguez with one count of injury to a child with intent to commit serious bodily injury. He was being held on bonds totaling $151,500.

The teen’s mom, Deborah Tagle, 55, was arrested at the hospital and charged with one count of injury to a child with intent to commit bodily injury, a third degree felony.