Mom charged in shooting death of infant son

Posted on April 7, 2020 by Staff reports

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Fort Walton Beach woman in
connection with the shooting death of her five month old son. 30-year old Maria Rodriguez-Barnes is charged with first degree premeditated murder.

Deputies were called to the parking lot of The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island around 8:30 a.m. March 25th by a crew of workers who saw Barnes outside her Nissan pickup truck shortly after she shot herself in the torso.

They then discovered five month old Jaxxon Rodriguez-Barnes seated in the left rear
floorboard of the truck, slumped over a pillow. He had been shot once in the chest.

A search warrant turned up a 9 mm handgun, shell casings, and handwritten notes inside the vehicle.

Rodriguez-Barnes had also texted and emailed family members about her pending plans in connection to the infant and herself.