Deputies Search Vehicle, Find Gun In Child-Safety Seat: Will County Sheriff

Bernie Tafoya
December 11, 2019 - 3:42 pm
Nicole Horton Gun In Booster Seat

Nicole Horton/ Will County Sheriff


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The state’s child-welfare agency has taken custody of a 3-year-old after Will County authorities found guns – including one stored inside a child-safety seat -- in a vehicle driven by a Carbondale woman.

Will County deputies on Sunday pulled over a vehicle for speeding and having a defective windshield near Interstate 57 and Manhattan-Monee Road in Peotone Township, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. After they smelled a “strong odor” of marijuana and observed a 3-year-old in a safety booster seat, deputies searched the vehicle.

They reportedly found an AR-15 in the trunk, a weapon that later was determined to have been stolen from police in southern Illinois. In the drawer of the booster seat in which the child was sitting, police found a 9-mm handgun, the sheriff’s office said.

Nicole Horton, 24, was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, one count of possession of a stolen vehicle, and other gun-related offenses.

The child was in the custody of the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services.

Gun Child Safety Seat Will County
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