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Gun Monroeville boy brought to Ramsey School not registered to his mother

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By Kyle Lawson
Friday, May 2, 2014, 1:51 p.m.
 

A loaded .45-caliber handgun found in a 6-year-old's book bag this week was not registered to the boy's mother, Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said on Friday.

Police are searching firearm registration databases to determine who owns the gun, which was not reported stolen. They also might enlist forensic investigators to lift DNA evidence and fingerprints from the weapon.

The boy notified his teacher when he discovered the gun in his bag on Wednesday morning at Ramsey Elementary School. His mother, Stephanie Lynn Marie Roth, 32, of Cambridge Square Apartments, told police that “several associates” known to deal drugs were sitting at a table next to the boy's backpack on Tuesday.

Roth is charged with endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court documents did not list an attorney for her on Friday.

Police also are investigating whether the incident is related to gunshots reported Tuesday night at the apartment complex. Officers responded to the call but didn't find the source of the shots.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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