Mother of Monroeville boy, 6, with gun says drug dealers were in her home

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A Monroeville woman whose 6-year-old son carried a loaded gun to school in his backpack Wednesday told police that suspected drug dealers known to carry weapons were in her apartment the day before.

Monroeville police wrote in a criminal complaint against Stephanie Lynn Marie Roth, 32, that she told them “several associates” known to deal drugs were sitting at a table next to the boy’s backpack while she was in a back room Tuesday evening.

Today, Monroeville Police Chief Doug Cole said the investigation continues, and it’s possible that more people could be charged in connection with the incident.

KDKA: Monroeville Mother Charged After Boy Finds Weapon In Backpack

KDKA: Monroeville Mother Charged After Boy Finds Weapon In Backpack

“It’s not a closed case,” he said.

Ms. Roth was arraigned Wednesday on charges of recklessly endangering another person, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

During a search of her apartment, the complaint said, police found various drug paraphernalia.

Police said her son found the .45-caliber handgun in his school backpack Wednesday morning at Ramsey Elementary and immediately notified his kindergarten teacher, who then contacted authorities. Chief Cole would not say who the gun belonged to.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has said his office also will consider filing a dependency petition to ensure that the child’s well-being is evaluated.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944. First Published May 1, 2014 2:33 PM

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