Hartford police have arrested a mother accused of leaving her two young sons alone in a home where about $1,000 worth of crack cocaine and a loaded gun were found.
Police said they executed a search warrant at 389-391 Albany Avenue on Thursday and learned that Rhonda Arnum, 34, was selling drugs and has a gun.
Arnum’s 8- and 11-year-old sons were home and police said they found a loaded gun with six live rounds in a laundry basket, where the boys could get ahold of it, police said.
"The mother was identified as a target of our investigation as doing some street-level narcotics dealing, but also having a stash house for both narcotics, firearms and cash," Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said.
Police found Arnum nearby and arrested her.
She was charged with criminally negligent storage of a firearm, possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell narcotics and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. She was arraigned on Friday and released on a $75,000 bond.
Hartford police have previously arrested Arnum nine times.
The state Department of Children and Families has been notified.