A toddler shocked investigators who were conducting a child welfare check of his home when he pulled out a loaded gun from his toy box on Tuesday.
The three-year-old was playing with his toys when the Boynton Beach officer and an investigator from the Florida Department of Children and Families arrived to his home over child neglect allegations.
Police were called to the home on complaints that a man was selling drugs from the apartment.
While officers were speaking with the child’s mother, Rosalyn Faniel, 34, the child brandished a loaded pistol that he pulled from his ‘my little learning’ toy box, according to the Palm Beach Post.
One of the officers immediately took the black 9mm semi-automatic pistol away from the boy.
The officer found that there was one bullet in the chamber with the safety off.
Faniel told authorities the gun wasn’t hers and she didn’t know it was in the apartment, according to the Post.
After a search of the home, the officers found a yellow box of 9mm ammunition on top of the refrigerator.
Also on the fridge was a black scale and a pink makeup bag filled with six plastic bags of white and pink powder, according to the Post.
The powder tested positive for Oxycodone and weighed .6 grams in total.
Faniel was arrested on a charge of child neglect and her bond was set at $3,000.
She was released from jail on Wednesday.
Court records show that Faniel was previously charged with failure to appear in court and violated her release conditions. She is scheduled to appear in court on July 13.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Valerie Edwards