Police: Girl, 5, found asleep with loaded gun on chest
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police investigating a report of shots fired in an apartment found a 5-year-old girl sleeping with a loaded handgun on her chest, court documents said Thursday.
Manchester police said Thomas Gulledge, 29, gave police permission to go inside his apartment Wednesday night. Police said they found deplorable conditions, including dog feces, trash, rotten food and flies.
They found Gulledge’s daughter sleeping on a bed filled with trash and rotting food. They noticed the .45-caliber gun inside of a holster resting on her chest.
Police said in court documents they found 13 total rounds in the gun: one in the chamber and 12 in the magazine, NH1 reported .
The child wasn’t hurt. Police put her in the custody of a foster family. Gulledge was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless conduct. He appeared in court Thursday and bail was set at $10,000.
Gulledge was ordered to stay away from his home, guns and daughter.
It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer and a phone number couldn’t be found for him.