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Gun in toys at RI airport was 'custody dispute'

Wednesday, May 09, 2012
This undated photo provided by the federal Transportation Security Administration shows pistol parts hidden in a stuffed animal found by TSA officials at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., Monday May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Transportation Security Administration)

This undated photo provided by the federal Transportation Security Administration shows pistol parts hidden in a stuffed animal found by TSA officials at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., Monday May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Transportation Security Administration)

Rhode Island airport officials say a man whose child unknowingly had gun parts and ammunition hidden inside stuffed animals in his carry-on bag was involved in a custody dispute.

Authorities say federal transportation agents found the items Monday when the man and his 4-year-old went through security at 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 officials released a statement Wednesday calling it a "domestic custody dispute."

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. Airport Police Chief Leo Messier didn't immediately return a message Wednesday.

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