AUGUSTA (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old boy who brought a loaded gun to day care has pleaded guilty to reckless conduct.

Adam Keene of Madison said Tuesday he’s grateful nobody was harmed when his son brought the gun to Rollins Family Child Care Center in Hallowell in April. Day care workers found the .380-caliber handgun in the boy’s backpack.

The 31-year-old Keene received a deferred disposition, meaning the misdemeanor charge will be dismissed in 10 months if he meets conditions including completion of a gun safety class and 20 hours of public service.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said she brought charges because the gun was loaded. She described the situation as being a “trigger away from a disaster.”

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