A young mother has described how her six-year-old nephew unwittingly aimed a loaded gun at his brother, after finding the weapon in a garden.
The gun had been converted to fire live ammunition
Donna Stew, 19, said Jack Lindon picked the weapon out of a bush and brought it into her house in Coventry with his finger on the trigger.
Ms Stew said the youngster had been playing with his brother Lewis and friend Lee Jones, both aged 10, when he spotted the gun.
The converted replica weapon was engraved with the word "police" and contained four handmade bullets.
Cops and robbers
The pistol was originally designed to fire blanks, but had been altered to enable it to fire live ammunition.
Ms Stew said she was sitting in the living room of her house in Cherrybrook Way in Bell Green on Tuesday afternoon with her two-year-old son George and two other babies when Jack burst in.
"Jack came in pointing the gun at his brother saying: 'Look what I've found'.
"His finger was on the trigger. He was just about to pull the trigger and was
pointing it at Lewis.
"He was saying: 'Have a look, we can play cops and robbers now'.
"I was completely shocked and I went numb from the head down, seeing his
finger on the trigger aiming at his brother; I just went numb."
Ms Stew said her nephew had given her the gun when she asked for it.
The weapon has since been handed in to police.
Jack's mother Yvonne Stew, 27, of Milverton Road, Wood End, has called for an investigation into how the weapon came to be found by her son.
"My kids could have killed themselves with it.
"Jack is at the age now where he could have fired it at Lewis, or at someone else.
"At the end of the day I could be in hospital with one of my sons half dead,
"I want a full investigation carried out into how this could have
happened," she said.
Police have sent the weapon off for forensic and ballistic examinations to
try to find out whether it has been used in a crime.