2007_05_mattress4.jpgThe strange incident of a 7-year-old bringing a .38 caliber pistol to his Queens public school immediately prompted questions about "How in hell did a little kid get his hands on a gun with a scratched-off serial number?" Now, it turns out the kid's mother's ex-con boyfriend brought it into the house. According to the Daily News, the boy's mother Andrea Clarke, an NYPD traffic agent, explained to the police, "My boyfriend came into my house and shows me and Darius [her 14-year-old son] a gun. He says Darius needs it for protection at school."

She allegedly told her son to get rid of it - versus doing it herself - but 14-year-old kept it, hiding it under a mattress, where his 7-year-old brother found it. The gun was not loaded when he brought it t school.

Clarke's boyfriend, Shawn Miller, had previously been arrested for robbery and assault, firing a gun into the air, and other incidents, and was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Clarke was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, Darius Clark was charged with reckless endangerment, and the 7-year-old faces disciplinary action from the Department of Education.