DELTONA, Florida — A reckless mother was charged with child neglect after leaving her 3-year-old son alone in a car outside a church school where he found loaded handgun and pulled the trigger, police said.
No one was hurt in the incident in the parking lot outside of the Good Shepherd Academy in Deltona, Florida on Monday afternoon, but the single shot fired shattered a window and lodged in the door frame, the Volusia County Sheriff’s office reported.
Abbie Maldonado, 30, had come to the school to pick up her other son, when she left her 3-year-old alone in the backseat. She told cops she had left the back door open so she could watch her son from afar as she chatted with other parents outside the school.
She then heard a bang, but didn’t realize it was a gunshot, police said. She eventually returned to the vehicle and took the boy inside to use the bathroom, but only when she returned did she notice the front driver’s side window had shattered.
Maldonado then realized that her loaded handgun was no longer in the driver’s side door pocket where she had left, but was now on the backseat.
After making sure the boy was okay, she went inside the school and reported the incident and officials there called police.
“Nobody’s hurt, but we had a parent that has a concealed weapon permit and a child got a hold of it and pulled the trigger,” the caller said, according to cops.
Maldonado was hit with a felony charge of child neglect. She told deputies she normally keeps the gun locked in the trunk.
The child was released to Maldonado’’s boyfriend.