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Loaded Gun Found on 5-Year-Old

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DURHAM — Durham Police don't know how a loaded gun endedup in the book bag of a 5-year-old at Club Boulevard Humanity Magnet School.

The child's older brother called and warned the school about the gunWednesday. He thought it was a toy, but when teachers checked, the32-caliber pistol was very real and quite loaded. The boy was suspendedfor 10 days while school officials investigate the incident.

Police have charged the boyfriend of the child's mother.

Barry Bridges, 24, of Ruth Street, was charged with failure to secure afirearm to protect a minor. Bond forBridges, who works as a gravedigger, was set at $500, police said.

The boy could also face year-long suspension from Club BoulevardHumanities Magnet School.

``It's a reflection of what happens at home and in the rest of theworld,'' said Superintendent Ann Denlinger. ``It'stragic anytime a 5-year-old is introduced to this type of situation byadults. I'm grateful that nobody was hurt.''

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