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.