The toddler’s father, who was seen waving a pistol in the hallway of the apartment, pointing at himself and pulling the trigger, faces charges of criminal child neglect – as it turned out, cops asked the child: ‘Where did you go down the pew-pew?”
Dad Shane Osborne, 45, could face more charges for being a felon, New York Post officials said.
Stunning footage released over the weekend showed the diaper-clad tot wandering around his Indiana apartment complex with the loaded pistol, at one point even pointing it at himself and pulling the trigger.
Fortunately, the child was not injured as the bullets were misaligned with the gun.
Now police have revealed they had to ask the kid, “Where did you put the pew-pew?” when they arrived on the snow.
The video appeared on Saturday’s On Patrol: Live and sparked an investigation by the Beech Grove Police — a force based just outside of Indianapolis that frequently appears on the show, which is broadcast by REELZ.
Shane Osborne, 45, has been charged with child neglect but could face further charges, the official said
Neighbors saw the boy – who appears to be two or three years old – carrying the gun and shouting “pow pow pow!” on her doorbell camera.
They called the police, and authorities quickly arrived to search the apartment where he lived with Osborne.
First, the father said to the officers, “I don’t have a gun, I’ve never bought a gun in this house, if there is one, it’s my cousin’s.”
But a 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol was found in the back of a desk drawer.
Osborne told police his cousin stayed with him when his little boy was caught on camera with the gun.
Stunning footage aired on the Reelz show ‘On Patrol: Live’ captures the moment a toddler waved around his father’s gun and eventually turned it on himself
In the clip, the kid can be seen pulling the trigger several times but was unharmed because the bullets weren’t in the chamber
Neighbors called the police after seeing the boy pointing the gun while shouting “pow, pow, pow.”
The clip shows how the boy with a diaper wanders aimlessly in front of his closed apartment door in the stairwell and carries the loaded pistol.
As he walked around, he could be seen pointing the gun at doors and in the air, quickly pulling the trigger as he walked.
The footage later shows the father being taken out of the apartment in handcuffs.
“It’s almost incomprehensible what you’re seeing,” Beech Grove Deputy Police Commissioner Robert Mercuri said, according to WTHR.
“I saw it the next day and even though I knew the result, I was still scared when I watched the video.
“You find yourself gasping for air. I don’t know how you can’t watch this video, parent or non-parent, and not be shocked and upset.
The neighbor who called police said the young child “just carried on,” ‘pow, pow, pow, pow’, according to the local news station.
Nicole Summers said: “He was standing in the middle of the hallway and just kind of holding it behind his back and I was like… like that was a real gun. I sell guns for a living, so I know what a gun looks like.”
Two of the neighbors who saw the boy with the gun in their hallway. They called the police
The woman whose security camera caught the boy with the gun in the hallway of the building
The child lives with his mother full-time and is reunited with her after the incident. She said it was scary to see her son with a gun but insisted Osborne was a good father.
Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley said he appreciated how quickly police worked to secure the child and the gun.
He said: “As with all of you, I am mortified by what happened and I am so grateful no one was hurt, especially the young child.”