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Two children left in car with loaded gun, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published March 11, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. Updated March 11, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

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Betty Wright


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A 35-year-old Little Rock woman is accused of leaving her two children in a car with a loaded gun while she shopped at a local department store, authorities said.

Betty Wright was arrested Monday afternoon on two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

According to a Little Rock Police Department report, officers responded about 4:45 p.m. to the Marshalls at 16105 Chenal Parkway and found Wright's 1-year-old and 8-year-old alone in a car "with a loaded 9mm pistol."

Police went inside the store and found Wright after a 20-minute search, the report said, noting she was "pushing a buggy with clothes in it" at the time.

The Division of Child and Family Services took custody of the children, who were not injured.

According to the report, Wright's bail was set at $4,000 and a preliminary court date was scheduled for Monday.

A spokesman for the Pulaski County sheriff's offfice said Wright posted bail and was released shortly after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The arrest report listed Wright's employer as the Little Rock School District. A spokesman for the district said Wright has previously served as a substitute teacher but has not worked in that capacity in two years.

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maingear says... March 11, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

Was the weapon a legal?

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... March 11, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

HOPEFULLY SHE WILL NEVER SERVE AS A TEACHER AGAIN

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Packman says... March 11, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

Dude - If she ain't working, how is baby momma buying clothes at Marshall's? Ooops, I forgot. EBT, SNAP, government housing, utility subsidies, Obamcare.....she's a baby momma that don't need no stinking husband when the government will make somebody else pay her bills. BAAARCK! BAAAARCK! BAAAARACK!

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SUPERDUTY says... March 11, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

A big, red, shiny apple says she doesn't have a CCP.

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AmericasDoomed says... March 11, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

I think mandatory sterilization would be a suitable punishment. Too stupid to have those children. Certainly shouldn't have any more

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Populist says... March 11, 2014 at 6:10 p.m.

SurferDuude/Packman,

How come you don't make these kinds of accusations when the person arrested is white?

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Zorr10 says... March 11, 2014 at 10:28 p.m.

You would think of all the publicity out there of parents being caught and charged for leaving their children in a vehickle while they're off on other ventures, that it would deter others from doing so. Leaving children in a vehickle with a loaded gun is a potential recipe for disaster.

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aimee says... March 12, 2014 at 1:20 a.m.

Children and guns are a tragedy-waiting-to-happen ANYWHERE..!!!!

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Populist says... March 12, 2014 at 6:06 a.m.

Zorr10,

I think that the kind of idiot who leaves her kids in the car does not read the newspaper.

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