Mom Left Kids In Car With Loaded Gun to Get Nails Done

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(WREG) — A Memphis mother is arrested, after police say she endangered her kids while at a spa.

Erica Rooks faces several charges, including leaving children unattended, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon

At the Beautiful Nail Salon on Summer, mother of three Christie Gattis takes time out to relax.

“It’s the only thing I do for myself.” said Gattis.

But Friday, the relaxing spa was a crime scene.

According to police, Erica Rooks left her three kids, a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 9-month- old in a running car, while she got a manicure.

Police say, she told them, she only went inside to use the bathroom.

It’s a thought that infuriates Gattis.

“They could take the car out of gear, somebody could have jumped in the car and kidnapped them.” stressed Gattis.

Police say, when they were checking to see if the kids were OK, the 2-year-old pointed a loaded handgun at them.

They also found marijuana in the car.

“It makes me sick to my stomach. That gun could have went off and paralyzed the child, anything could have happened, even death.” said Denise Jamerson.

“What if the kid would have shot the other one, then what?” said Gattis.

News Channel 3 went to Rooks’ home to speak with her, but there was no answer.

Neighbors who knew Rooks didn’t want to go on camera, but had mixed reactions.

Some tell us, they weren’t surprised with her arrest and hope this will help the family.

Others, couldn’t believe it, they felt she was a good and caring mother.

“I would like to tell that mother to grow up and be a mother.” said Jamerson.

Gattis says, Rooks may have just made a bad decision.

One that puts her nails before her kids.

Rooks is out of jail on bond. Her children are with family.

(Elise Preston, WREG, Reporting)

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