Posted: May 9, 2012 8:44 AM by Associated Press
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Officials say a man whose child unknowingly had gun parts and ammunition hidden inside stuffed animals in his carry-on bag was detained for three hours before being released.
Authorities say federal transportation agents found the items Monday when the man and his 4-year-old went through security at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport. The man said he didn't know the items were there.
An airport spokeswoman says he was detained for three hours and let go. He continued traveling Tuesday.
Airport Police Chief Leo Messier said Tuesday the case "appears to be the result of a domestic dispute," but he didn't elaborate. Airport police, state police and the FBI are investigating.
The Transportation Security Administration and FBI declined to comment Wednesday. State police referred questions to airport police. Messier didn't immediately return a message Wednesday.
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