Mom faces charges after leaving gun in reach of child

By Beau Ebenezer

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 8:28 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria woman is facing charges after police said she left her gun in reach of her 3-year-old child.

Police said they got a call Wednesday about the boy walking alone on West Howett Street.

After getting him home, officers searched the house and found a handgun in the couch.

The mom, 27-year-old Brittney Petty, is charged with endangering the life of her child.

Police said the boy had easy access to the gun.

Petty has been released from the Peoria County Jail.

A court hearing is pending.

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