Police arrest NYC mother after guns, ammo found in son’s school backpack
New York, NY, United States (4E) – Police on Friday arrested a mother of a seven-year-old son Friday after a .22 calibre handgun and 20 rounds of live ammunition were discovered from the boy’s backpack in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York.
Upon receiving the information of possible weapons in a classroom, the detectives instructed the students of the class to hide behind the teacher’s desk and successfully secured the weapons.
Later, they arrested Deborah Farley on charges of possessing weapons that could endanger a child’s welfare. During the interrogation, Farley, 53, said that she forgot about the weapons after keeping them in her son’s school bag.
However, Walter Orozo, the son’s father, refuted the mother’s claims and said that the son might have taken them to fend off bullies. The father added that his son was afraid of going to school.
“He was afraid for his life. The kids were picking and picking on him, but the school wouldn’t do anything to protect him. My wife, she complained to the school but the school wouldn’t protect him. The school did nothing,” the father added.
Farley said she realized that her son might have the gun in his bag shortly after dropping him to school. Farley added that she immediately returned to school and first talked to her child who told that he handed over another weapon to his friend, prompting her to alert the school authorities. The school had then informed the police.