• PD: 5-year-old found sleeping in 'deplorable conditions' with gun on chest

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    MANCHESTER, N.H. - A 29-year-old Manchester, New Hampshire man has been arrested after police found a young girl sleeping with a gun.

    Police were investigating reports of shots fired around 10 p.m. Wednesday when they found the girl's father, 29-year-old Thomas Gulledge, outside of the home in question. Several witnesses told police they believed the shots came from the Flaherty Lane apartment.

    When officers asked Gulledge about gunshots near his apartment, he allowed officers to search his apartment.

    Inside, officers say they found "deplorable living conditions" including dog feces, trash, rotten food, and flies. 

    Manchester officials had to wear full hazmat suits and masks as they entered the apartment.

    Officers found a 5-year-old girl sleeping on a bed in a room also filled with feces, trash, and rotten food. Police say there was a fully loaded .45 caliber handgun in a holster resting on her chest.

    Police say the girl had no injuries. She was removed from the home and placed into the custody of a foster family.

    Gulledge was arrested on a warrant and arraigned Thursday on two counts of reckless conduct. 

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