PEABODY (CBS) – Police are investigating how a child brought a loaded gun to daycare in his backpack Friday morning.

Peabody Police received a call from Little Sprouts Early Education and Child Care on 71st Avenue to report that staff found a handgun inside a child’s backpack.

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Police said the Smith and Wesson gun was loaded and the safety catch was on. The gun was owned by the child’s father, who was licensed in a neighboring town. Police took possession of the gun.

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Peabody Police notified the Department of Children and Families and said that charges would be filed with Peabody District Court, but didn’t say what the charges would be.

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Police did not say how the gun ended up in the backpack.