- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield mother has been arrested after police say she brandished a fake handgun when an elementary school principal tried to prevent her from leaving with her child.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (https://sgfnow.co/1xREUnb ) 43-year-old Carrie Brooks has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Springfield police say she tried to take her 8-year-old daughter from Pittman Elementary on Friday but doesn’t have custody of the child.

The principal tells police that Brooks pulled what appeared to be a pistol out of her pocket when confronted but didn’t point it at anyone. Police say the weapon looks like a gun but is a knife.

No injuries were reported.

Brooks is being held at the Greene County Jail on $35,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if she has an attorney.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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