Boynton Beach mom of gun-toting toddler gets 3 years’ probation


A Boynton Beach woman whose 3-year-old son pulled a loaded gun out of his toybox in front of a police officer and Department of Children and Families worker was sentenced to three years of probation Tuesday on a child neglect charge.

Police arrested Rosalyn Faniel, 34, in June after an officer and DCF worker said they watched the toddler bring a toybox labeled “My Little Learning” from his bedroom and soon after pulled out a 9-millimeter semiautomatic gun.

According to the arrest report, the gun’s safety was off and there was a bullet in the chamber.

On Tuesday, Faniel pleaded guilty to a single charge of child neglect and received the 36-month probation sentence from Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Charles Burton, who withheld a finding of guilt against Faniel.

At the time of her arrest, Faniel said the gun wasn’t hers and she didn’t know it was in the house. Police searched the home and found 9-millimeter ammunition on top of the refrigerator and also found small plastic bags with white powder later identified as Oxycodone.

Police and DCF visited Faniel based on a tip they received that her boyfriend was selling drugs out of the one-bedroom apartment on Northeast 13th Avenue in Boynton Beach.

As part of her plea agreement, Faniel will have to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and get treatment if necesary, perform community service, continue following a DCF parenting plan and complete a child safety court.

Burton has allowed Faniel to seek to end her probation early if, after a year, she completes all the other conditions of her probation.



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