Toddler puts gun in mouth while couple says “bang – bang”
An Indiana couple has been charged with child neglect after police reviewed cell phone video which showed the couple telling a one-year-old baby to put a gun in her mouth and instructing her to make sounds like the weapon was firing, police told Reuters.
Arrested were Michael Barnes, 19 and the toddler’s mother, Toni Wilson, 22.
“Barnes can be heard telling the child to say “pow” on multiple occasions while the child plays with the gun,” police said. “The video also shows the child placing the muzzle of the gun in her mouth. At no point does Barnes try to stop the child from playing with the gun,” the statement said.
Reuters reports that, the child’s mother told police that the firearm was a pellet gun. Evansville police said the weapon was a .40 caliber handgun.
Both Barnes and Wilson face multiple charges in the incident, including child neglect and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. Barnes also faces charges in connection with the thwarted gun sale, police said.
The 12-month-old girl and one-month-old twins in the home were placed in emergency care, police said.