7-year-old sent to school with gun in schoolbag; mom arrested
The mother of a 7-year-old student who took a handgun to his public elementary school in Queens was arrested on Friday, the police said.
The woman, Deborah Farley, 53, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child along with several other weapons-related charges.Ms. Farley, according to the police, admitted on Friday morning that she had placed a handgun, ammunition and a flare gun in her son’s Batman backpack Wednesday night and then forgot to take them out before he went to school the next morning.The child, according to the police, did not know he was bringing the weapon to school, though he discovered that there was a gun in his bag before school officials were alerted and the weapon was recovered by the authorities.While the police gave a detailed account of the mother’s statement, the boy’s father, Walter Orozco, 56, denied that either he or his wife owned a gun and maintained that they had no idea how a weapon could have ended up in the boy’s bag.“We’ve been living together for 11 years,” Mr. Orozco said on Friday morning. “We never had a gun.”