NAPLES — Jonathan Rowles, the 13-year-old East Naples boy who was arrested Friday, accused of shooting his mother in the head and killing her in late August, will spend the next three weeks in secure detention inside the Collier juvenile detention center.
Youths placed in secure detention have been assessed as risks to public safety and must remain in a physically secure detention center while awaiting court proceedings, according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice website. Generally, there is a 21-day limit to secure detention, but youths charged with serious offenses can be held up to 30 days.
Youths arrested for minor crimes that are not considered a risk to public safety may be released into the custody of their parents, the agency reports.
Rowles, who is facing a possible manslaughter charge, turned himself in on Friday on an active warrant. No arraignment date has been set. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office maintains that he did not intentionally shoot and kill his mother, Kelly Ann Rowles, 39.
“It was an accident,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.
There are mental health professionals inside the juvenile detention center to work with special risk children, DJJ spokeswoman Samadhi Jones said.
“If a youth is evaluated for secure detention and is, say, a mental health risk or a suicide risk, then of course there are provisions for a different level of care, a closer level of care for that child,” Jones said. “They’re kept under constant monitoring.”
Sheriff’s Office officials have released few details regarding the circumstances of the shooting, other than to say that Jonathan Rowles was “negligent with the weapon that resulted in his mother’s death.” It is unclear how the boy got the gun, who owns the gun, or if anyone else could face charges in the case. Jonathan Rowles’ father, Chris Rowles, declined comment when reached on the phone Monday night.
However, it appears that the Rowles family is used to being around firearms.
Chris Rowles is the co-founder of a Naples-based company called Sticky Holsters, which sells inside the waistband and pocket holsters. According to the company’s website, Chris Rowles previously “helped successfully build and organize another security and concealment products company.”
“Everything is on hold right now,” said Mike Christoff, who is Chris Rowles’ business partner, and also the owner of Mobile Tactics indoor range and gun store. “The priority right now is for him to take care of his family.”
Authorities believe Jonathan Rowles accidentally shot and killed his mother around 9:15 a.m. on Aug. 22, inside their residence at 9288 Grassy Way, No. 103. Terrified neighbors struggled to keep Kelly Rowles alive until the emergency responders arrived at the scene approximately 13 minutes after the initial 911 call was made.
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