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Two 10-year-olds arrested in gun sale at LaBelle school, deputies say

Word of the arrests followed a brief lockdown instituted at Country Oaks Elementary School on Wednesday.
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Country Oaks Elementary School Exteriors Hendry County
Posted at 1:27 PM, Mar 27, 2024

Update 5:31 pm:

The Hendry County Sheriff's Office says they've made an arrest following an incident at Country Oaks Elementary School.

Deputies say they found ammunition in 10-year-old Carlos Santos Madrid's backpack.

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The sheriff's office says they later learned that on February 10, 10-year-old Jaiden Diego Escobedo agreed to exchange a hangun (later found to belong to his deceased father), for a sum of $300.00.

According to a release, the gun was found in Madrid's backyard under a shed.

Deputies says they found a gun and also located a baggie of marijuana weighing approximately 74 grams.

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Madrid was arrested and charged with Sale/Purchase of a Firearm by a Minor, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Minor, Possession of a Firearm on School Property and Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams.

Escobedo was arrested and charged with Selling of a Firearm to a Minor, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Minor, Possession of a Firearm on School Property and Grand Theft of a Firearm.

The sheriff's office says Escobedo's mother is a Deputy with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and has been placed on Administrative Leave pending an Administrative Inquiry.

Both Juveniles have been placed in the custody of Department of Juvenile Justice.

Below is a statement from the Hendry County School District:

Original Reporting:

The Hendry County School District says County Oaks Elementary School in LaBelle went into a brief lockdown early Wednesday morning for a "reported situation."

Deputies say they got a call about a suspicious incident. However, they would not elaborate on what the incident was.

School officials say the elementary school did go on lockdown, but deputies are calling it an isolated incident.

Deputies say the sheriff's office and school district employees quickly looked into the situation and "resolved it."

"We want to assure you that at no time was your child in any harm and their school day is progressing as it normally would," the district said on social media.

Fox 4 has reached out to both the school district and sheriff's office for more information.