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Raleigh man charged after child found sitting on gun

Posted November 29, 2010

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— A Raleigh man faces a misdemeanor child abuse charge after police found a child sitting on top of a loaded handgun in his home.

Alan Errol Atwater Jr., 25, of 3062 Morgans Mill Court, was also arrested Sunday on a number of gun and drug charges, according to arrest warrants.

Police say Atwater had a loaded 9 mm handgun under a couch cushion where his girlfriend’s child was sitting when officers went to the home on Sunday.

Police seized marijuana from the house and a stolen handgun, according to the warrants.

According to state Department of Correction records, Atwater was convicted in Alamance County in 2005 on misdemeanor drug charges, as well as misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.

He was in the Wake County jail Monday morning under a $28,000 bond.


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  • angela32nc2 Nov 30, 2010

    Way to go he needs the Parent of the Year award. I'm sure that's not the first time he's put his kid in harms way. Can we turn the tables and lets sit him on a loaded gun? He's really making his momma proud.

  • wildcat Nov 29, 2010

    Once he do get out of jail, he will do the same thing again. Because he is a REPEATER.

  • wildcat Nov 29, 2010

    So - who responsibility is it to protect me?

    Lets protect the children first, and then YOU. Don't have a loaded gun around any child. What if the child found that gun and killed himself or someone else. Put a lock on that gun and unload it too. Be safe.

  • wildcat Nov 29, 2010

    This child certainly needs to be moved from the home for safety reasons. Why would the mother would want to be with a man like that? She puts her child in danger and mostly likely gave no thought of it.

  • artist Nov 29, 2010

    "No racists, all black people are NOT related."
    Internet Hate Machine 3

    The hell you say.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Nov 29, 2010

    Great combination, marijuana, unsecured and loaded weapons, and kids. Sheesh!

  • pmck Nov 29, 2010

    So - who responsibility is it to protect me? It's my responsibility and it's my right to bear arms. You can try to re-write the Constitution all you want but it's plain and simple. Stop trying to muddy the issue here. Criminal behavior is criminal behavior. Constitutional rights are Constitutional rights.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 29, 2010

    You can say all you want about the misinterpretation of the right to bear arms....Please read and understand the social and historical context of those words. I assure you that at the time it was written, no one would have conceived of the proliferation of these handguns, nor the threat they pose to all of us. It was about a militia and posed in a very different time. The arming of criminals to do harm passively or with intent against law abiding people was not the issue then and should not be now.

  • sssh.. whisper Nov 29, 2010

    He and all people who are charged with child abuse charges should receive felonies... NOT misdemeanors!

  • b4self2 Nov 29, 2010

    Who cares what his name is ,a child sitting on a gun seriously?? Smileandnod ok u know them does this make it ok ? Anyone with a child in the house @ a gun not locked up should be a crime,name, race has nothing to do with it.