Department of Children and Families

Authorities Investigate After Gun Found at Daycare in Child's Diaper Bag

Authorities are investigating after a Peabody, Massachusetts daycare worker found a handgun in a child's diaper bag Friday morning.

A staff member at Little Sprouts daycare found the Smith and Wesson and followed safety procedures, bringing the gun to the office of the executive director without taking it from the bag, according to a statement from the daycare.

Police arrived within minutes, and the gun never discharged. No one was hurt, and all families with children at the daycare were notified.

The gun belonged to the child's father, who has his license to carry, according to Peabody police. The gun was fully loaded, and the safety was on. 

The Department of Children and Families was also notified, according to the statement.

"I am proud of our team’s prompt and responsive actions to protect the children in our school and we are grateful that all are safe," Little Sprouts CEO Sarah Schroeder said. "We continue to feel fully supported by local authorities and are deeply appreciative of their partnership in prioritizing our school’s security."

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