EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WISH/CNN) – Video surfaced this weekend of a 12-month-old baby girl playing with a handgun.
Evansville Police stated that 19-year-old Michael Barnes was under surveillance because he was a suspect in an armed robbery. He was then arrested Thursday when he attempted to sell his handgun to an undercover officer.
A full investigation was launched when police found a video of a baby playing with a .40-caliber handgun on Barne’s cell phone.
The video shows Barnes directing the baby to say “Pow” and the girl putting the muzzle of the gun in her mouth.
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When questioning the child’s mother, Toni Wilson, 22, they found that she was present in the room when the video was shot. Neither parent tried stopping the girl during the video.
When interviewed by police later, Wilson said that the gun in question was just a pellet gun.
Sgt. Jason Cullum from the Evansville Police stated, “When we try to do all the things we do to encourage these kids to be good members of our community, and you see somebody that’s working that hard against it, it just makes you wonder how many other children may be living in this type of situation and what’s the outcome gonna be for them, and what’s the outcome gonna be for our community if these things do go on.”
Wilson is in custody for child neglect, allowing a child to possess a firearm and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
Barnes faces the same charges, along with charges stemming from his arrest on Thursday night.
According to police, both the 1-year-old girl and two 1-month-old twins were placed in emergency care.