Suburban Mom Shoots Rifle at TV While Kids Were Watching: Police

The Algonquin woman allegedly did not like the program her children were watching

A woman in a northwest Chicago suburb fired a rifle at the television as her three kids watched it because she didn't like how much TV they were watching, police say.

Jennifer S. Ullery, 40, of Algonquin, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony and three misdemeanors, the Northwest Herald reported.

Ullery told police she shot the television because was upset with how much TV her children were watching and because she didn't like the program they were watching at the time, police told the Herald. The children are 6, 11 and 15 years old.

Authorities told the Northwest Herald they did not know how many shots were fired at the television from the Ruger .22-caliber rifle.

Ullery, of the 3000 block of Talaga Drive, was charged with one felony count of discharge of a firearm and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the life of a child.

After Ullery was arrested, the children were placed in the care of another family member.

The incident allegedly happened Jan. 20, but the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services were first notified Feb. 9.

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