An Evansville, Indiana, mother and her boyfriend face charges of criminal neglect after police found a video on the man's phone showing a 1-year-old baby playing with a handgun. In the video, the boy holds the .40-caliber piece up to his face while a man and the mother, who are off-screen, encourage the baby to say, "Pow. Pow-pow."
Police said they came across the video on Michael Barnes' cellphone, after arresting the 19-year-old for trying to sell a weapon to an undercover officer. Police determined that Barnes' girlfriend, Toni Wilson, 22, was aware that the baby was playing with the gun while Barnes filmed.
Wilson claimed the weapon in the video is a pellet gun, police said.
Police arrested Barnes and Wilson, who face charges of child neglect, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and allowing a child to possess a firearm, according to reports. The boy in the video and his two half-siblings, 1-month-old twins, were removed from the home and placed in emergency care.
Barnes was also charged with resisting arrest with a weapon, carrying a firearm without a permit and carrying within 500 feet of a school.