MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man is behind bars, accused of carrying a gun and selling drugs at a Memphis day care.
Memphis Police Department arrested Jeremy Darby on April 25 around 11 a.m.
An anonymous tipster told police to investigate Ernestine Rivers Child Care Center, a day care located near the intersection of Mississippi Boulevard and Gaither Street. The tipster told police Darby was selling drugs near the St. Andrews African Methodist Episcopal Church, where Darby works as a custodian. The church operates the day care.
When officers arrived at the day care, they found Darby with 25.1 grams of marijuana in his pants pocket and a loaded .25 caliber handgun in his jacket, which was stored in a room inside the day care.
"I was surprised because of how everything goes so smooth. I usually sit down with my grandson when the kids play," Darnell Parker said. "It's just a matter of him not thinking because for the safety of the kids, he probably wasn't carrying a pistol on him. He had to put it down somewhere. That was bad."
Parker lives across the street from Ernestine Rivers Child Care Center.
Sixty children were inside the day care when Darby was arrested.
The church released a statement that said they were cooperating with police.
"We are cooperating with the authorities during their investigation," the church said.
The church also said a background check is conducted on all employees at the day care and the church.
"There were no indicators of concern with regard to this employee when we conducted his initial background and fingerprint check," the church's statement said.
The day care had a child psychologist available for any children who had questions.