The mother of a 7-year-old boy who was found with a loaded handgun in his book bag at a school in New York's Far Rockaway has been arrested in connection with the incident, police said.
Deborah Farley, 53, of Queens, was charged Friday with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of a weapon. It wasn't immediately clear if she had a lawyer.
Police say Farley brought her son to P.S. 215 Thursday morning, and came back to the school a short time later, claiming she needed to take him to a doctor appointment.
Law enforcement sources said Farley learned her son had a gun in his bag and went to the school to try to retrieve it under the guise of a doctor appointment. When she couldn't find the gun in his bag, she alerted school officials, law enforcement sources said.
School officials found the loaded .22-caliber handgun and police were called. It's not clear how the mother knew her son had the firearm, nor how school officials found it. Police also recovered a flare gun at the school, but it wasn't immediately clear whether the boy had brought it in.
The school was locked down for about 45 minutes.
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