Michael Barns and Toni Wilson videoed their terrible decision, providing detectives with irrefutable proof of their wanton disregard for their child’s safety.
In the video, the child can be seen wrapping his finger around the trigger and putting the gun his mouth. The toddler also holds the gun out and pretends to shoot it.
Being a parent is difficult and most mistakes are forgivable, even tragic ones. But when both parents think it’s a good idea to arm their child with a firearm, loaded or otherwise, there can be no grace, and the judge felt the same way.
Barnes was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of neglect of a dependent and criminal recklessness. His girlfriend, Toni, was also arrested but has yet to be arraigned.
(The following was a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)