Cops: Mom Put Gun in 7-Year-Old's Backpack
She says she didn't mean for him to bring it to school
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 2:19 PM CST
Updated Jan 20, 2013 7:00 PM CST
A.22 caliber semi-automatic handgun that police say a 7-year-old boy brought to his Queens elementary school in his backpack, Jan. 17, 2013, is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)

(Newser) – A Queens woman has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, and more, after leaving a .22-caliber pistol and a flare gun in her 7-year-old son's backpack—something the 7-year-old discovered only after arriving at school. Deborah Farley, 53, says she put the guns in the boy's Batman backpack before going out with it this week, and forgot to take them out before sending him to school, police tell the New York Times.

When she realized what she'd done, she rushed to the school to try to retrieve the weapon. By then her son had already found the flare gun and given it to a classmate. When his mother asked him to hand over the gun, he said he'd given it away—not realizing the .22 was in his bag, too. Farley alerted the principal, who locked down the school and alerted authorities. Now the boy and his 9-year-old brother have been taken into protective custody. Their father, Walter Orozco, 56, says things could have ended more tragically, because his son is often bullied.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Cops: Mom Put Gun in 7-Year-Old's Backpack is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 74 comments
Jan 22, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Last count there were 300 Million guns in America Legally, and an estimated 50 Million with no background. It is easier to get a gun than it is to buy a car. .
Jan 22, 2013 10:27 AM CST
How the hell is it the governments fault? You people come up with every excuse in the world accept to say we have too many guns on the streets and available for anybody who has a few $$$. This mother knew damn well it was against the law to pack a gun on a child She is gambling the GUN nut jobs who are members of the NRA will come running to her side and protect her right to own a firearm, which by the way, you know will happen. No the government needs to implement a tighter control over who buys a weapon and who can legally own one. NO One wants to take away anyone's right to own a fire arm, legally.
Jan 21, 2013 12:02 PM CST
I bet she's covering for the little guy. Most moms would go to any length to protect their kids. No excuse however for allowing it to be accessible. Biometric safes are only 80 bucks and require the owners finger print or a lotto length code.