BEECH GROVE — A 45-year-old man has been arrested and faces neglect charges after a 4-year-old boy wearing only a diaper was seen on TV wielding a handgun.
The toddler can be seen on video walking around outside apartments in Beech Grove with the gun. The clip, which was recorded Saturday afternoon, aired on the REELZ show “On Patrol: Live,” which airs Friday and Saturday nights.
Shane Osborne is charged with dangerous control of a firearm (providing a firearm to a child) and two counts of neglect of a dependent.
According to a police report, the 9mm handgun contained 15 rounds.
The video below was shared by the Beech Grove Police Department and is from a neighbor’s surveillance camera in the same apartment complex.
Toddler with gun in Beech Grove Apartments
Court documents say the young boy opened the door to the apartment when officers arrived. Officers made several announcements but saw no adults in the apartment and heard no response.
Eventually, Osborne walked into the hallway and told police he didn’t know his son had left the apartment and he didn’t know there was a gun in the house.
According to court documents, the father, a convicted felon, said the gun belonged to a cousin and the gun is sometimes left at his apartment when the cousin feels “mentally unstable”.
“All too often we see cases involving young children with access to firearms. Too many children in our community are put at risk due to irresponsible gun ownership. Alleged conduct is a glaring example of the importance of practicing safe storage,” Marion County Attorney Ryan Mears said in a statement Wednesday.
Osborne pleaded not guilty in a hearing Thursday, according to online court records. His bond is set at $60,000 bail. A jury trial is scheduled for March 20.
Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley released the following statement after seeing the footage himself:
I received notification from our Chief of Police shortly after this incident.
Like all of you, I am mortified by what happened and am so grateful that no one was hurt, especially the young child.
I appreciate the quick action taken by the Beech Grove Police Department to secure the small child and the weapon in question.
I demand that the Marion County District Attorney’s Office work diligently to secure charges and a conviction against those responsible, with maximum penalties.
Society should accept nothing less.