NC woman charged after son, 7, takes gun to school

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Associated Press

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 28 at 4:38 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Charges have been filed against the mother of a 7-year-old North Carolina boy who took a loaded handgun to school.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 27-year-old Rachella Shanee (shah-NAY') Saunders of Hope Mills surrendered to deputies on Wednesday. She is charged with storing a firearm in a manner accessible to a minor, which is a misdemeanor.

Saunders was released from the county detention center under a $1,000 bond. No telephone listing could be found, and it wasn't known if Saunders had an attorney.

Authorities say the boy is charged in juvenile petitions with bringing a gun onto school property and assault by pointing a gun.

The N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has placed the boy in an emergency care shelter until a judge can decide on his future.

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