The mother of a 7-year-old student who took a handgun to his public elementary school in Queens was arrested on Friday, the police said.
The woman, Deborah Farley, 53, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child along with several other weapons-related charges.
Ms. Farley, according to the police, admitted on Friday morning that she had placed a handgun, ammunition and a flare gun in her son’s Batman backpack Wednesday night and then forgot to take them out before he went to school the next morning.
The child, according to the police, did not know he was bringing the weapon to school, though he discovered that there was a gun in his bag before school officials were alerted and the weapon was recovered by the authorities. NYTimes 01/18/2013