PORTLAND, Ore. – Police have arrested two people after a loaded gun was found at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Mode had recently given birth and the child tested positive for drugs, Simpson said. Officials, citing privacy laws, could not release the specific type of drugs.
The two checked into the hospital on July 13, a law enforcement source told KOIN 6 News.
A nurse, who was looking for paperwork associated with the child's birth certificate, entered the hospital room while Burnett and Mode were asleep, Simpson said. When Burnett woke up, he reportedly became very agitated. The hospital employee noticed a suspicious bag in the room that Burnett seemed to be protective over.
The nurse, fearing for her safety, left the room and alerted hospital security, Simpson said.
While Mode and Burnett were at the juvenile detention center for a hearing on Tuesday regarding the newborn's health, security searched the hospital room. During the search, staff looked inside the bag and found a loaded gun, Simpson said.
Hospital security alerted Portland police. Gun Task Force officers arrested the two parents at Tuesday's court hearing. Both suspects claimed ownership of the bag where the gun was found, officials familiar with the case told KOIN.
The newborn will remain in the hospital, Simpson said. The Oregon Department of Human Services is also conducting an investigation.
"This is an unusual and sad case," Simpson said.
Mode is charged with possession of a firearm in a public building, possession of a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Burnett is charged with possession of a firearm in public building, possession of a loaded firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Court records show he has felony drug convictions dating back to 2004 and 2006.
Simpson said Randall Children's Hospital did everything possible to keep patients safe.
"There's no screening process, but they do have a no weapons policy," Simpson said.
Legacy spokesperson Brian Terrett confirmed that a gun was found at the hospital.
"We have a policy that bans weapons, and normally people respect that while at our facilities," Terrett said.
Terrett said there was never a serious threat, and added that the hospital never went into lockdown. He stated that personnel followed standard procedure.
Mode and Burnett are both scheduled to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.
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