Responsible gun owner alert! A stalker who leaves a loaded gun within reach of her 7-year-old and walks around with it falling out of her pocket? Give her a Mom of the Year Award, too:
Squabble at KFC leads to neglect, gun charges for Rockport woman
EVANSVILLE – A Rockport, Indiana, woman faces weapons and child neglect charges after police said her loaded handgun fell out of her pocket while she was arguing with her ex-boyfriend outside an Evansville fast food restaurant Thursday evening.
The man, who said he’s been in Evansville for about two weeks because of work, told police he was eating at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on South Green River Road just after 6:30 p.m. when he was confronted by 29-year-old Kristen A. Harris inside the eatery. The pair went outside and argued, according to the probable cause affidavit against her.
Harris reportedly left the scene, but was apprehended a short time later. When she was stopped, Harris had two children — ages 2 and 7 — in her vehicle with her. They were both in the back seat, according to police. Investigators noted in the affidavit that the older child was not wearing a seat belt and could have grabbed the gun, which turned out to be loaded and was reportedly lying on the front seat of Harris’ car when she was arrested. Police said they believe Harris left the children inside her vehicle when she went inside the restaurant.
So much fail. But did she have a permit for that gun? Let’s investigate:
During the subsequent investigation, police learned that the gun legally belonged to Harris but she did not have a valid permit to carry the weapon. A records search indicated that the process for Harris to obtain a permit was started but the fees were never paid, according to the affidavit. Harris reportedly acknowledged that she did not have a permit for the weapon but claimed she normally does not take the weapon out of her home. She said she took it with her to confront her ex-boyfriend because he “has acted crazy in the past,” according to the affidavit. Police did not disclose if Harris told them what the argument was about.
AH. So she didn’t have a permit because she hadn’t paid the fees yet. Just a few dollars shy of being one of our safest, most responsible citizens evah!
But wait, there’s more:
Harris reportedly told police that she knew the man was inside KFC because she had put a GPS device inside his vehicle. There is no mention in the affidavit whether the 26-year-old man knew about that device or not.
And a stalker, too. Slow clap, gun loons.