Ohio ‘rapper mom’ arrested celebrating her birthday with gunfire

WARREN, Ohio — An Ohio woman on probation for leaving her children at home so she could pursue a rap career is accused of firing gunshots while celebrating her birthday, authorities said.

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Leshay Jonella Myatt, 40, of Warren, was arrested early Friday on charges of driving under the influence and discharging weapons into a habitation, according to Trumbull County online booking records. Because Myatt is prohibited from having a firearm because of a previous drug conviction, she was also charged with having a weapon under a disability, WFMJ reported.

Myatt’s birthday was Thursday.

Myatt is accused of firing as many as 26 shots in a Warren neighborhood, the television station reported. Officers reported finding 11 shell casings at the end of a driveway near the street, 15 casings at the top of the driveway and several bullet holes in a home, WKBN reported. A man living in the home told police that a bullet entered the home just above his head, the television station reported.

Officers pulled over Myatt’s Dodge Durango and claimed they found a .40 caliber gun under the driver’s seat and an empty magazine on the car seat, WMFJ reported. Police said they also found a scale with white residue in Myatt’s purse.

According to the police report, Myatt admitted firing shots into the air to celebrate her 40th birthday and told police she had been drinking tequila. While telling police she was drunk, Myatt refused to take a field sobriety test, according to the report.

At the time of her arrest on Thursday, Myatt was on probation stemming from an October conviction for child endangering.

In September, Myatt was arrested for leaving her four children, ages 4 to 12, home alone at 1 a.m., WFMJ reported.

The oldest boy told officers that his mother was pursuing a “rap career” and left the children at home for periods of up to 24 hours.

Myatt was given a 180-day suspended jail sentence but was placed on probation for three years, the television station reported.

Myatt pleaded not guilty to the latest charges on Friday, WKBN reported. Bail was set at $50,000 and she was being held in the Trumbull County Jail, according to court records.

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