Neighbors react after police arrest 7 & 12-year-old for playing with Tec-9

Neighbors react after police arrest 7 & 12-year-old for playing with Tec-9

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - We're learning more about a troubling story in Cleveland: children with dangerous weapons.

A 7-year-old and a 12-year-old face charges after a neighbor caught them with a Tec-9 and called police.

Diane Lawshea Sutton says this one hits too close to home and she can't help but be emotional.

"Those just like my kids, I know them personally," Sutton said.

The neighbor who spotted the kids took the gun and made the boys sit on her steps while she called the police to investigate.

Officers found the gun, a large sheathed knife, a stun gun and two live rounds of 9mm ammunition on the 12-year-old.

The boys were charged with carrying and possessing concealed weapons. Both appeared in juvenile court Wednesday.

The 7-year-old told officers he got the weapon from the mantel in his living room and claimed it belonged to his mother's boyfriend.

Cleveland 19 spoke with both the boys' mothers and asked about it.

"I don't know whose gun it is, I have an idea," said one of the mothers.

Child Protective Services is investigating.

Sutton says the boys' parents should be held responsible.

"The parents need to be charged too. Because, after a certain time at nighttime, everybody should know where they doggone kids at," Sutton said.

Neighbors say the recent string of deaths involving kids and guns is getting to be too much.

"Tell me, is it heartbreaking?" asked Cleveland 19 reporter Sia Nyorkor.

"Yes, it is. You see these tears coming out of my eyes, they burying that 5-month-old baby today, that baby was innocent," Sutton said.

The 7-year-old and 12-year-old are under home detention, one with an ankle monitor, one without.

They are both scheduled back in juvenile court next week.

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