Sheryl Leach, the co-creator of hit children's show Barney & Friends, has been slapped with a lawsuit relating to her son's arrest for attempted murder earlier this year (13). Patrick Leach, 27, was busted after allegedly shooting Eric Shanks in the chest in January (13) outside the TV star's Malibu, California home.
He was charged with the crime and subsequently freed on $1 million (£625,000) bail, but his legal troubles are continuing to mount as Shanks is now demanding compensation.
The alleged victim is suing Patrick for assault and battery, while Shanks has also named his mum Sheryl as a defendant for negligence, insisting she should have prevented her son from ever owning a gun, suggesting he suffers from violent tendencies.
Patrick, who lives with his mother, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder charge, according to TMZ.com.
Patrick Leach was arrested in Malibu, California on 9 January (13) after allegedly shooting a 49-year-old man in the chest.
The 27 year old was released on $1 million (£625,000) bail, but sources tell TMZ.com that Leach was charged on Tuesday (05Feb13).
The unnamed victim is expected to recover from his injuries.
Sheryl Leach was one of the brains behind the popular U.S. children's show about the famous titular purple dinosaur and his pals.
Patrick Leach was taken in to custody in Malibu, California on 9 January (13) after allegedly shooting a 49-year-old man in the chest.
The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was treated at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Leach is currently being held on $500,000 (£312,500) bond and cops are still trying to determine a motive, according to local publication The Acorn.
The 27-year-old suspect's mother is one of the founders of the popular U.S. children's show, about the famous titular purple dinosaur and his pals.