A Suffolk grand jury has indicted Patricia Tennant of Riverhead on attempted murder and other charges in the Sept. 5 shooting during a domestic incident.

A Riverhead woman charged with shooting the father of her child during a domestic dispute in September was indicted last week by a Suffolk grand jury on attempted murder, assault and weapons charges.

Patchita Tennant, 42, is scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges Thursday in Suffolk County Criminal Court. She is currently free on bond.

According to Southampton Town Police, Tennant shot Andrew Mitchell, 46, Sept. 5 during an argument at his Flanders home, then fled with the couple’s 3-year-old daughter. See prior story.

The couple shared custody of the child and lived together intermittently, according to police. Tennant was residing at another home in Riverhead at the time of the incident.

Mitchell, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, called 911 at 8:20 p.m. that night and was able to tell officers that the mother of his child had shot him during an argument.

Police issued an Amber Alert for the child, who was later located unharmed at the home of a relative.

Tennant remained at large for a time, but turned herself in to Southampton police the next day.

She was charged with first-degree assault and criminal use of a firearm, and arraigned in Southampton Justice Court on Sept. 7. She later posted $500,000 bond.

A grand jury returned a true bill on the upgraded charged Oct. 31.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Denise Civiletti
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