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Child left alone in car points gun at Memphis police

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Erica Rooks, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Erica Rooks, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.

(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.

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