Toronto Police officers found a .45 calibre Colt 1911 handgun inside a baby's crib, cocked back and fully loaded while conducting a search warrant inside a home last week. At the time of the search, six children were inside the home where the gun was found. Last Thursday, Toronto Police Deputy Chief James Ramer shared a photo of the loaded gun lying inside a baby's crib at the Scarborough home, alongside a stuffed animal and some clothing. The gun had eight bullets inside, with one already in the chamber.
Det. Sgt. Andrew Steinwall informed CTV Toronto, "It would take very little contact to set a firearm like that off."
The six children who were inside the Scarborough home at the time of the search warrant were between 2 and 14 years of age. The loaded gun's location was easily accessible to the children, according to police, and fortunately, no one was injured.
The search warrant was connected to the criminal investigation of three males who police suspected were in possession of a gun, as Toronto Police's Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force had initiated an investigation earlier in the year.
"We’re dealing with the most vulnerable people in the communities right now – children. And if they have access or if they somehow inadvertently come into contact with a firearm like that, the outcome could be tragic," Steinwall told CTV Toronto. "I’m a father myself and this touches close to home for me."
Three Toronto-area men - Trayvon Palmer, 19, Jordan Marcelle, 25, and Kacey Downer, 22 - have been charged and arrested as a result of the investigation, and are expected to appear in court next week.
Each suspect is facing one count of unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm, one count of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm knowingly without holding a licence and registration certificate, and one count of possession of a loaded prohibited firearm.
Additionally, police have also laid an additional charge against Palmer and Marcelle for carrying a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.