Police: Florida toddler pulls loaded gun from toy box
The child retrieved a black semi-automatic pistol from inside of the box, according to authorities
Updated: 12:51 PM CDT Jun 19, 2017
A Boynton Beach woman is charged with child neglect after a toddler in her home allegedly pulled a gun out of a toy box.
The Department of Children and Families went to the home of Rosalyn Faniel, 34, on June 13 to investigate reports of possible child neglect.
While interviewing Faniel, a child in the home started to bring his toys out of the bedroom and into the living room.
One of the toys the child brought out was labeled “my little learning.” The child pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol from inside of the box, according to authorities.
Police confiscated the gun, which was loaded with a bullet in the chamber and the safety off.
Police also found a yellow box of 9mm ammunition sitting on the top of the refrigerator in plain site, and a pink makeup bag containing six small plastic bags of white powder, which later tested positive for Oxycodone.
WEBVTT A BOYNTON BEACH WOMAN IS BEHINDBARS AFTER HER 3-YEAR-OLD SONPULLED A GUN OUT OF A TOY BOX,WHILE OFFICERS WERE IN HER HOMTHAT WOMAN, ROSALYN FANIEL,CLAIMS SHE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THEGUN WAS IN HER APARTMENT.OUR JIMMIE JOHNSON WENT TO THEWOMAN’S HOMEJIMMIE, WHERE IS THE CHILDTONIGHREPORTER: THAT’S A GOODQUESTION.I DO NOT KNOW WHERE THE TODDLERIS SPENDING THE NIGHT, BUT I CANTELL YOU ONE THING, HE’S NOT INTHE CUSTODY OF HIS MOTHER.NO ONE WAS HOME AT AN ADDRESSLISTED FOR ROSALYN FANIEL.THE BOYNTON BEACH MOTHERARRESTED ON CHARGES OF CHILDNEGLECT.AN ARREST REPORT SAYS FANIEL WASBEING INTERVIEWED BY FLORIDADEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN ANDFAMILIES AFTER SOMEONE FILED ACOMPLAINT.WHILE AT THE HOME, A DCFINVESTIGATOR TOLD POLICEFANIEL’S SON PULLED OUT A LOADEDPISTOL FROM A TOY BOX FILLEDWITH BOOKS HE WAS PLAYING WITH.THE INVESTIGATOR QUICKLY ACTED,REMOVING THE GUN FROM THECHILD’S HANDS.ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, FANIELIMMEDIATELY DENIED OWNING THEGUN AND SAYS SHE DIDN’T KNOW THEGUN WAS EVEN IN THE APARTMENFANIEL SAID THE GUN HAD TO BEFOR TWO OTHER PEOPLE, EVENMENTIONED A GUY NAME Q.THE OFFICER ALSO FOUND A BOX OBULLETS, IN PLAIN SIGHT ON TOP AREFRIGERATOR NEXT TO A BLACKSCALE AND A PINK MAKEUP BAGFILLED WITH SEVERAL GRAMS OFOXYCODONE.WHAT THE REPORT DOESN’T SAY ISIF SHE KNEW THE DRUGS WERE INTHE HOMEONCE AGAIN, WHILE THAT WOMAN ISFACING CHARGES FOR CHILDNEGLECT, IT IS UNCLEAR IF ANYONEWILL BE FACING CHARGES FOR THEDRUGS FOUND INSIDE THE HOME.