Man charged for leaving loaded gun in child's daycare bag

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (WAND) — An Illinois man is charged with reckless conduct after authorities say his 4-year-old son found a gun in a backpack his father had brought to him at day care.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that authorities say 32-year-old Joshua Finley of Maryville packed a “nap time bag” that also contained sheets and blankets, then brought it to a day care in Glen Carbon on July 2. The child eventually located the gun while unpacking his "nap time bag"

The day care told parents the child took the gun to a teacher, and police were called.

The police and daycare were unclear on why the gun was packed into the nap bag. Finley could not be reached for comment Saturday. Jail officials said the father was not in custody and his listed phone number had been disconnected. Prosecutors did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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