EPD: Video shows 1yr-old playing with handgun; couple arrested

EPD: video shows 1-year-old playing with handgun; couple arrested
Michael Barnes (Vanderburgh Co. Jail)
Michael Barnes (Vanderburgh Co. Jail)
Toni Wilson (Vanderburgh Co. Jail)
Toni Wilson (Vanderburgh Co. Jail)

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - An Evansville couple is in jail after police found two videos of a 1-year-old girl playing with a .40 caliber handgun.

Thursday, police arrested 19-year-old Michael Barnes after he tried to sell a handgun to an undercover officer.

During their follow up investigation, detectives found two videos on Barnes' cell phone that showed a child playing with a handgun.

Police say the video shows Barnes encouraging the child to shoot and telling the child to say "POW" several times. It also shows the girl putting the muzzle of the gun into her mouth.

According to police, Barnes did not try to stop the child.

Investigators determined the child's mother, 22-year-old Toni Wilson, was there when the video was made.

When confronted about the video, Wilson claimed it was a pellet gun.

Wilson was arrested for child neglect, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and allowing a child to possess a firearm.

Police say Barnes is also facing those charges, plus charges from his Thursday night arrest.

Police describe the case as "mind-numbing," something they've never seen before.

"When we try to do all the things we do to encourage these kids to be good members of our community, and you see somebody that's working that hard against it, it just makes you wonder how many other children may be living in this type of situation and what's the outcome going to be for them, and what's the outcome going to be for our community if these things do go on," Sgt. Jason Cullum with EPD says.

The 1-year-old girl and two 1-month-old twins who also lived in the home were placed in emergency care.

Police say Barnes is the father of the twins, but is not the father of the one-year-old.

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