Indiana Couple Arrested After Video Shows 1-Year-Old With Handgun in Mouth

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana couple faces charges after investigators say they found cellphone videos showing the woman’s 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

Evansville police discovered the videos after a 19-year-old man was arrested for trying to sell a handgun to an undercover officer.

Police say the man and the girl’s 22-year-old mother can be heard encouraging the toddler to say “pow” and that no one tried to stop her as she put the gun in her mouth.

From left, Michael Lee Barnes, 19, and Toni Helane Wilson, 22. (Photo: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office)
From left, Michael Lee Barnes, 19, and Toni Helane Wilson, 22. (Photo: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office)

Police say the mother told officers the girl was holding a pellet gun; investigators say it was a .40-caliber handgun. They say the gun’s magazine appeared to be removed but it’s not clear if ammunition was in the chamber.

Both adults face charges including child neglect and recklessness with a deadly weapon.

WARNING: This video, released by police, contains disturbing images.

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