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Felon charged with leaving kid, loaded gun in car

Posted October 5, 2009

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— A convicted felon was arrested Saturday after allegedly leaving his young child alone in a car with a loaded gun.

According to the arrest warrant, James Crawford Lane III, 30, of 6409 U.S. 15-501 in Pittsboro, left a handgun unsecured on the front seat. His daughter was in a car seat in the backseat, the warrant says. The incident happened in Wake County.

Lane was charged with child abuse and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was being held in the Wake County Jail Monday under a nearly $1.3 million bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday afternoon.

According to state Department of Correction records, Lane was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in Chatham County in 1998. In 2005, he was convicted of convicted of defying a court order that banned him from purchasing firearms.

DOC records show that Lane is on probation stemming from convictions for possession of drugs with intent to sell and speeding to elude arrest.


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  • alwayslovingu30 Oct 5, 2009

    Some peole never learn.If your A felon you dont have guns anymore.I know lots of felons guess what they all have guns in the vehicles with them no big deal til they get caught.
    The child should be in social services until the mother is cleared to be A fit parent

  • MoroccoMole Oct 5, 2009

    All I can say - there oughtta be a law against...

    Oh, wait...

  • concerncitizen Oct 5, 2009

    Who care, put them both in jail.....

  • familyfour Oct 5, 2009

    The name in the article says Lane, the pic says Lee. Wonder which one is correct?

    pfft. I can't say what I want to about this fella.

  • Maximus - the - man Oct 5, 2009

    Back to the Slammer so that you wont have to work and see your friends>>>>>>

  • ladyinblue72 Oct 5, 2009

    Hope the child is in a safe place now.

  • SaltlifeLady Oct 5, 2009

    How about also charging him with being high while he was driving his child around? LOVE the mug shot. Open your eyes, buddy! Oops, you can't. Too high to do so!
    Wow! Some people just should not be allowed to be parents. He should not even have had his daughter in his custody!

  • dh1964 Oct 5, 2009

    WDYBIHTETSTTIS - What Do You Bet I Have To Explain To Someone That This Is Sarcasm?

  • EZeegoing Oct 5, 2009

    "I don't see what the problem is. After all, guns don't kill people, people do."

    Another reader in the dark....

  • Slip Kid Oct 5, 2009

    And the 'people' is James Lane. It's STILL NOT the gun. He is a trajedy waiting to happen.