• Apr 26th 2013 at 6:15AM
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Leaving a child alone in the car is dangerous enough, which is why one Philadelphia area mom left her 6-year-old some protection close at hand: A loaded gun.

Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told WPVI-TV Philadelphia that officers found the child in the car around 8:30 p.m. The gun was inches away from the child, on the floor of the car. The gun was no toy either -- it was a .44 caliber handgun with an 8 inch barrel.

Small told CBS Philly that the gun was stainless steel and very shiny. "We're just lucky the child didn't just pick up the weapon and pull the trigger," he told the station.

This mom of the year is now facing child endangerment charges.

Sadly, this is not the first time this week that a parent has left children alone in a car with a loaded weapon. On Monday in Idaho, a 3-year-old shot a 10-month-old baby after the children's mother left them in the vehicle for a minute with a loaded pistol, according to local TV station KTVB. The bullet grazed the baby's cheek near its mouth. The mother may not face charges, though, because the car was in the family's garage and because Idahoans are allowed to carry loaded weapons in their vehicles.

Earlier this month, police searching a car for stolen property found a gun hidden in the lining of a car seat, according to WKRN-TV in Nashville. A baby had been in the seat just moments before. The mother was arrested.





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      • 2 Years Ago
      my mother was murdered by (penetrating gunshot wound to the left temple) someone whom she felt loved and cared for her. This happened in 1973 right here in Daytona Beach. The mother of the six year old shouldn't even be allowed near guns or to own one. Obviously, she is quite remiss in her thought process. Mother of the infant should take classes on gun ownership to learn how to store weapons. If not, take away her right to own one. Not to be a nay-sayer, but children are our future; we are whom they must learn from. Give them a chance to live safely. God bless you all. thanks for the news!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      i beleive if they are allowed to keep firearms in their vexhicles then then then vehicle should be secured :locked for all those who don't understand the meaning of the word secured : QHILE NO ADULY IS IN IT AND WHEN THE ADULT LEAVES THE VEHICLE HE OR SHE MUST ake all the children out of the vehic;e before locking it up each and every time they get out no matter how short the stop iF A LAW LIKE THAT WERE PASSED IN THAT STATE IT WOULD MAKE KIDS SOMEWHAT SAFER BUT THOSE PARENTS SEEM SCATTER BTAINED SOME OF THEM
      nikkitytom
      • 2 Years Ago
      For once Huffington got its teaser line on the Main Screen correct. The "lethal" object left beside the baby was a loaded gun. I was expecting it would be a bag of weed. Is Huffington actually adopting responsible journalism and eschewing the fake teasers? I hope so.
      Herbert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't call this Person a Mother. She is nothing but trash
      mspkdennis
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe this statment: "The mother may not face charges, though, because the car was in the family's garage and because Idahoans are allowed to carry loaded weapons in their vehicles." Regardless if you are allowed to carry a loaded gun in your vehicle or not, leaving a gun where a child can access it, is CHILD ENDANGERMENT. What about these kid's right not to have idiots for parents?
        hello
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mspkdennis
        I'm beginning to think universal gun ownership takes precedence over everything else in this country, perhaps? Isn't this approaching a state of unbelievable idiocy?
      ErinMichelle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hm. Creative way to kill her kid without getting charged with it. I'm surprised they're only calling that child endangerment. Simply leaving a 6-yo alone in a car in public is ~. This should be attempted murder.
      BRUCE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yep...just keep on running out and buying them guns all you responsible people that are convinced it will never happen to you because you took a safety class and know better. When will you people learn...the more guns, the more gun related accidents and your chance of getting robbed does not change one bit. The odds are that a mugger will smack you from behind and steal your gun, possibly shooting you with it. Criminals now assume that everyone is armed and are not going to walk up to you and say "surprise, I'm going to mug you". They will use the element of surprise and you will not have time to reach for your gun....your child might though when you turn your head just for a second to take hit off of that joint. If you feel that insecure that you need to carry a gun, stay home. Carrying a can of pepper spray in your hand while walking will give you the same sense of security and will be a whole lot safer for you and your loved ones.
        Koz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BRUCE
        They were women
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Koz
          Um no, the gun that shot the adult by the four year old was left out by a man. So regardless of someone's sex it does not dictate that they are more responsible such as the parent who was a male who shot his son while cleaning the weapon accidentally. Regardless of what organization or how much education you may have a gun is a gun. It should be locked away and unloaded. Parent especially no matter how many times you say oh I teach my child about gun safety, it is still a child what will you say when he/she accidentally picks it up and goes off oh I taught him not to do it. I taught my son not to pick up the damn cat by her tail and guess what he did it again yesterday.
        John Marcum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BRUCE
        I am sure that if you libs read about someone on pot that did something stupid, you would rant about lumping all pot smokers in the same pot. stupid people are just that, stupid.
        Bill
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BRUCE
        Dry up oh wise one.
      dlcox56
      • 2 Years Ago
      There should be some sort of test given to people before they are allowed to reproduce.
      kirbydlewis
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Second Amendment provides for gun ownership so people can hunt, sport shoot, and defend their homes. The Constitution does not provide for people to leave guns within reach of children or stockpile military-type weapons, as the mother of the Newtown, CT shooter did. The Second Amendment was written from colonial experiences with British tyranny. I'm sure the founding fathers had no idea how their good intentions would be distorted by our violence-happy modern society.
        hondamike456
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kirbydlewis
        Hey Einstein, would you please tell me what constitutes a military style weapon? Let me guess. Anything with one of those menacing looking black composite stocks right? Do you even know the difference between an M-16/ M-4 that our military carries and an AR-15? I'm guessing you don't. Just another ignorant poster spouting off about things they know nothing about is my guess. I wouldn't want you to actually look something up and do actual research so I'll tell you. Most M-16/ M-4s issued to the military are three round burst or full auto in some cases. AR-15s are semi auto like many hunting rifles. Full auto and three round rifles have been banned in the US for decades unless you have a Federal license which cost a bunch and is a much more strigent background check than semi auto weapons.
          Leon Anders
          • 2 Years Ago
          @hondamike456
          What? AR15s are semi auto like many hunting rifles? Name one hunting rifle that is semi auto. No sportsman hunter would even consider hunting with a semi automatic weapon. AR 15s were designed and made for only one thing. To kill as many people as quickly as possible. With that in mind they do very well. I'm for the right to have guns but what does a civilian need with a weapon of mass destruction? A friend of mine had a AK47 and I asked him why. It's no good to hunt with and not even any good for target practice. All it does is spray lead like water. He said well, I just always wanted to have one. Several months later someone broke into his gun safe and stole his AK with several loaded clips. Now he has no idea where it's at except it's in the hands of a criminal. The world would have been a safer place if he never owned it in the first place.
          Karen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @hondamike456
          Hey Einstein II, the Second Amendment allows for a well-trained and regulated militia. How does that translate into turning homes into military compounds? At the very LEAST,neither the NRA nor anyone else should object to everyone taking a safety course before being allowed to own a gun. I don't see anyone objecting to having to pass a motor vehicle test or having to license one's dog. It boggles the mind to think that almost 90% of the American people WANT at least a universal background check,yet Congress does not have the bipartisan support to pass it. Unbelieveable. I guess we know where your NRA dues are going...into the pockets of the legislators. Shame on them.They work for US.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The mom bought the gun legally and she had a State issued permit that allowed her to keep a loaded gun out in the open in her vehicle. Everything by the book. This is a perfect example of letting States to their own devices. I wonder if there will ever be a law against STUPIDITY? Thank God none of these babies were seriously hurt or killed. Again, just because you CAN have a baby and own a gun, doesn't mean you should!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Ma, look! It's another one of them responsible gun owners! One village idiot? You're all village idiots. The fact you still don't get why we need gun control, and still make you stupid arguments against it, are all the proof we need.
      Patricia
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think there is more to this story. In no uncertain terms should a child be left alone with a gun, or in a car. But there has to be more to this story, why did she leave the child in the car, why was there a gun. Is this mother a drug buyer, user, seller. Will the law inforcement take the child ? Whats next? To best help this child.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Patricia
        The rest of the story is that the parent is a moron, You should have to get a license to have children.
          • 2 Years Ago
          With a background check.
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