UTICA — A 29-year-old Utica woman was arrested Tuesday evening after she pulled a large knife and sawed off shotgun out from a baby stroller that was carrying her young child, city police said.
Stephanie Wilson of Shaw Street was pushing her child in the stroller around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when she became involved in an argument with another woman regarding a prior dispute over money, said Daniel LaBella, city public safety commissioner and acting police chief.
As the argument escalated, Wilson first pulled a large knife out from under the stroller and threatened the woman, LaBella said. Wilson’s child was still in the stroller at the time, and her other child was walking alongside Wilson, he said.
Then Wilson pulled out a sawed-off shotgun, he said.
When Utica police later located Wilson, she had put the knife and gun back inside the stroller, LaBella said. There police also found hidden two other knives and a box cutter razor, he said.
“It’s pretty sad when individuals have to put a child at risk by carrying weapons in a stroller, and this type of behavior will not be taken lightly,” LaBella said.
Wilson was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, LaBella said.
Wilson was taken into custody and sent to the Oneida County jail, LaBella said.
Her two children have since been turned over to Oneida County Child Protective Services for further care, LaBella said.
“We are happy that the child is now placed in the custody of a responsible person,” LaBella said