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Child left alone in car points gun at Memphis police
wmctv-5 ^ | 02/06/2012 | Jamel Major

Posted on 02/09/2012 5:44:36 AM PST by armymarinemom

MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – Police say a two-year-old pointed a gun at them while they were checking on a report that the child and its siblings were left alone in a car while their mother got her nails done.

It was a bizarre twist of events that left other customers wondering why a mother would leave her kids alone in such a dangerous environment.

"It's a crying shame," said Nicole Eubanks, after she heard about the arrest of 23-year-old Erica Rooks. "It doesn't make any sense."

Rooks is charged with marijuana possession, unlawful possession of a weapon and three counts of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

Police say Rooks left a four-year-old, a two-year-old and a nine-month-old alone in her car, where she kept a loaded gun, while she was getting a manicure at Beautiful Nails Salon.

"I don't care if I've got 22 kids," Eubanks said. "If I feel like going to get my nails did. I'm going to line them all up and we fixing to sit in that… nail shop. It's ridiculous!"

The incident happened last Friday in the 4200 block of Summer Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found the children in a black Chevy Impala with the car still running. The car windows were fogged up and the children were jumping back and forth between the front and back seats, according to police.

Rooks told police she went inside the salon to use the bathroom, but an officer saw her name on the salon's list for a full nail service.

Police also said while Rooks was looking for her driver's license, she pulled a bag of marijuana out of her coat pocket and hid it in her center car console. An officer eventually found the bag in her car.

During the incident, police also saw one of the children pointing what looked like a silver handgun at them. An officer took the gun and saw it was real and loaded with three rounds.

"You want the kids to kill themselves in the car too," said Eubanks. "That's just crazy!"

Rooks has been released from the Shelby County Jail on $5,000 bond.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: badmama; memphis; parenting

1 posted on 02/09/2012 5:44:51 AM PST by armymarinemom
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To: armymarinemom

More Information and Picture Here:
http://newsone.com/nation/crime/ruthlogan/erica-rooks-charged-toddler-points-gun-at-police/


2 posted on 02/09/2012 5:51:01 AM PST by Mechanicos (Why does the DOE have a SWAT Team?)
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To: armymarinemom
I find it curious how these low-income areas support the most expensive nail and hair salons.

My wife does far too much work to keep those kind of nails nice - these gals must never garden, cook or clean.

3 posted on 02/09/2012 5:51:07 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: armymarinemom

Your tax dollars at work.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 5:55:01 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Aevery_Freeman

I know. Yet she is underprivileged.


5 posted on 02/09/2012 5:57:17 AM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: armymarinemom
...she pulled a bag of marijuana out of her coat pocket...

Obviously, her stupidity is all the fault of the war on drugs (he said with sarcasm)...

6 posted on 02/09/2012 5:57:35 AM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: armymarinemom
The three children have been placed in the care of an uncle ...
What, not one of the three fathers could be found?
7 posted on 02/09/2012 6:02:00 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: armymarinemom
Memphis?!

I bet you it was one of those Swedish women from Germantown!

<./sarcasm>

Hell, I don't have to click the article to find out she has nappy hairz.

8 posted on 02/09/2012 6:02:55 AM PST by DCBryan1 (Id rather have a man who wrecked his marriage as POTUS than a man who wrecked his country!)
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To: armymarinemom

She has to get those nails done. Why...you don’t want her looking bad at the polling booth when she pulls the lever for nobama in November...do you? Have some respect.


9 posted on 02/09/2012 6:04:26 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: armymarinemom

10 posted on 02/09/2012 6:04:57 AM PST by Oztrich Boy
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To: armymarinemom

The editor of the KKK’s humor magazine just resigned.


11 posted on 02/09/2012 6:08:43 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: armymarinemom

She has to get those nails done. Why...you don’t want her looking bad at the polling booth when she pulls the lever for nobama in November...do you? Have some respect.


12 posted on 02/09/2012 6:09:34 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: armymarinemom
"It's a crying shame," said Nicole Eubanks, after she heard about the arrest of 23-year-old Erica Rooks. "It doesn't make any sense."

Who the hell is Nicole Eubanks and why is she interviewed by this reporter? She's never identified, so I'm assuming she's some woman in the vicinity of these events. Why waste the print?

13 posted on 02/09/2012 6:10:50 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Years ago I worked in an emergency department. We would see a Cadillac pull up, two young women get out, one helping the other who was obviously needing help to walk, expensive designer jeans unzipped and hand on lower abdomen, hunched over doing the “PID shuffle”. When she got to the window, she would hand over her Medicaid card. Usually the admitting clerk would have the correct diagnosis before the doctor saw her - pelvic inflammatory disease caused by gonorrhea. Sometimes complicated by pregnancy.

I always assumed these young ladies had other sources of income besides WIC, food stamps, or welfare.


14 posted on 02/09/2012 6:13:22 AM PST by Mrs. P (Figures can lie, and liars can figure.)
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To: oh8eleven

What makes you think the uncle is not the father?


15 posted on 02/09/2012 6:15:32 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

You’re right. Stooopid me and my old fashioned thinking.


16 posted on 02/09/2012 6:21:08 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: DCBryan1
Stupidity is color blind.

Those Germantown snoots have their own problems.

17 posted on 02/09/2012 6:23:41 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Mechanicos

If you go to the link in #2, be sure and read the comments.


18 posted on 02/09/2012 6:30:42 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Coldwater Creek
Stupidity is color blind.

___________________________

Not with more than a few who post here.

19 posted on 02/09/2012 6:32:42 AM PST by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Coldwater Creek

20 posted on 02/09/2012 6:34:15 AM PST by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: Aevery_Freeman

I scrub on my hands and knees daily two bathrooms and a kitchen and I have my nails done. They are very resilient


21 posted on 02/09/2012 6:38:18 AM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I had not read the comments until you pointed them out. But, Wow! Off to take a shower after that....


22 posted on 02/09/2012 6:41:26 AM PST by Mechanicos (Why does the DOE have a SWAT Team?)
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To: Jonah Johansen
What's your point?

I live in the Memphis area. I see plenty of white people do stupid things everyday.

23 posted on 02/09/2012 7:02:11 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Both white people


24 posted on 02/09/2012 7:09:28 AM PST by lacey3900
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To: armymarinemom

Geez she was having a bad day!

Start out all happy because you got to cash your welfare check and get your nails done all pretty...

...and the cops nail you for leaving the kids alone in a car.

THEN you pull a bag of weed out of your purse...

THEN one of the kids points your illegal gun at the cops...

now that the start of a bad day!


25 posted on 02/09/2012 7:19:23 AM PST by Mr. K (Were the Soviet-Era propogandists as gleefully willing as our Lame-stream Media?)
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To: armymarinemom

Well, clearly the moral of the story is that we need:

a) Much tighter gun control laws.

b) Free childcare for “underprivileged” women who want to get their hair and nails done. I am on the fence as to whether this should be done through direct subsidies to the mothers or by mandating that all hair and nail salons provide a childcare center with a licensed staff, dietitian (we simultaneously have an “epidemic of childhood obesity” and a “hunger crisis” among poor children, you know), and registered nurse on duty at all times. All these workers would have to be unionized, of course.


26 posted on 02/09/2012 7:27:55 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: armymarinemom

am i the only one that half expected the cops to either shoot or arrest the kid with the gun?


27 posted on 02/09/2012 8:22:33 AM PST by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: armymarinemom

*Of course* the kid had a gun!

What kind of mother would leave her under-4 year old kids in the car in a rough Memphis neighborhood without a gun to defend themselves?? That’s just bad parenting, right there.

And I thought FreeRepublic was pro-2nd amendment... ;)


28 posted on 02/09/2012 8:23:47 AM PST by Fletcher J
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To: Fletcher J
The kid is lucky this happened in Memphis, rather than NYC. Mike Bloomberg would have had the 2 year old charged as an adult, for illegal gun possession, and he would be facing a minimum of 3 1/2 years in prison. He wouldn't get out until he was nearly 6.
29 posted on 02/09/2012 8:44:31 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: armymarinemom

What I don’t understand is why the cops didn’t shoot the kid at least 40 times, kill every dog on the block, rough up some old ladies, and burn down the hair salon just to be sure.

Isn’t that standard protocol these days?


30 posted on 02/09/2012 8:46:42 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
...these gals must never garden, cook or clean.

They don't even have to endorse the welfare check any more, what with direct deposit and the food stamp debit cards...

31 posted on 02/09/2012 8:47:56 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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