Police Charge NH Mom After Loaded Gun Found in Reach of 7-Year-Old Daughter
MANCHESTER — Police charged a Queen City woman with endangering the welfare of a child after officers found a loaded handgun in the glove box of her car.
At 7:40 a.m. Saturday, an officer noticed a vehicle driving erratically on the Granite Street bridge, police said. The 2008 Honda CR-V almost hit the officer's cruiser after drifting into his lane of travel near Commercial Street and he pulled over the driver, police said.
The driver, 31-year-old Alycia Neely, of Manchester, had her 7-year-old daughter in the passenger seat and three of her friends that were 6 and 7 years old in the back seat. Under New Hampshire law, Neely's daughter is not required to ride in a car seat or booster.
The officer asked Neely for her registration, which she said was in her glove box next to her handgun. Another officer arrived on scene a removed the loaded .380 handgun from the SUV, police said.
Police arrested Neely and besides the endangering the welfare of a child charge, officers issued her a motor vehicle summons for failing to use a turn signal while changing lanes.
The children were placed in custody of another adult.
Neely posted $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Manchester district court Nov. 28.