A 22-year-old Evansville, Ind., mother has been charged with child neglect after a video surfaced of her 1-year-old daughter playing with a handgun and shouting “pow” to emulate the sound of gunfire, the Daily Mail reports.
The mother, Toni Wilson, a former cashier at McDonald’s, and her partner, Michael Barnes, 19, were arrested after police discovered the cellphone footage while investigating Barnes on a separate criminal charge, the report says. Barnes was also charged with child neglect in the case.
The disturbing video shows Wilson’s daughter, whose name has not been released because she is a minor, playing with a .40-caliber handgun while sitting on a bed at the couple’s home in Evansville. While the child waves around the deadly weapon, Barnes can allegedly be heard encouraging the toddler to shoot and say “pow.” The child says “Pow” before holding out the gun and pretending to fire.
Wilson’s daughter is currently in emergency care. She is joined by 1-month-old twins—whose father is Barnes—who were also living at the home at the time, the Daily Mail writes.
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