An 8-year-old girl found a gun next to a teddy bear inside a wrapped Christmas present, which came from a New York donation program.
The girl's foster mother Sheeba Anderson had picked up several donated gifts from St. Anthony’s Church on December 20, reports Inquisitr.com.
Anderson told the New York Post: “I heard her say, ‘Look, Miss Sheeba, I found a gun! She was waving it around and playing with it. This is something you never expect on Christmas. I feel like we narrowly avoided what could have been a terrible disaster.”
Anderson reported the incident to authorities.
New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services told NBC New York: “We are concerned when any potential risk in a foster home comes to our attention, and are working to ensure that all of the children in the home remain safe."
Donations are made anonymously, so police will probably not be able to find the person responsible for donating the gun.
The gun's serial number was scratched out, but police are currently looking into the make and model of the gun to try to find the previous owner.