AUGUSTA, Maine — A Madison man whose 4-year-old son took a loaded gun to daycare was charged with reckless conduct Wednesday in connection with the incident.
Adam J. Keene, 31, was summoned for the April 23 incident in Hallowell, where his son inadvertently took a loaded semiautomatic pistol to Rollins Family Child Care Center in his bag.
The handgun, which had a round in the chamber, was discovered by a day care worker who went into the child’s bag to retrieve an article of clothing for the boy, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.
Keene allegedly placed the gun in the boy’s bag while he was cleaning out his truck. The man carried it into his home and forgot to take it out of the bag before the boy took his bag to his mother’s house and then to the daycare.
“When the mom came to pick up the son to take him to her house, she brought the daycare bag with her,” Maloney said.
Keene was charged with the Class D misdemeanor instead of a felony because it isn’t believed the act was intentional, Maloney said on Wednesday.
“In the facts of this case, I am convinced that Mr. Keene was not intentional in his conduct,” said Maloney.
The fact Keene was charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony doesn’t mean it’s not a serious offense, she said.
“All weapons are seen as toys to children and parents have a responsibility to take care of them,” said Maloney. “By failing to keep control of his weapon, Mr. Keene acted in a reckless manner that could have ended in tragedy, not only for his family, but for an entire day care.”
Maloney said Keene reported his gun missing to police before the incident, but he allegedly didn’t tell his son’s mother that the gun was missing.
“When dealing with a deadly weapon, you have to use the utmost caution. When you realize it’s missing, you should notify the other parent that the weapon is missing,” said Maloney.
A Class D crime carries up to a $2,000 fine and up to 1 year in jail.
Keene’s court date is set for August 7.