Three-year-old shoots his 8-month-old sister in face while his mother and her boyfriend are in the shower
Shayanne Nelson, 18 and her 21-year-old boyfriend Tyrell Bitsilly were booked on child abuse charges; Bitsilly was additionally charged with tampering with evidence
A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his 8-month-old sister in the face in a New Mexico motel after being left unattanded by their mother, who was in the shower with her boyfriend when the unfortunate incident happened, police said.
Gallup Police Capt. Marinda Spencer said the infant girl is in critical condition ever since she was found by authorities after being shot at on Saturday in Gallup, New Mexico, Daily Mail reports.
Shayanne Nelson, 18 and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tyrell Bitsilly, were in a motel shower when Nelson's child found the gun and accidentally shot the baby, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint filed on Monday stated that responding officers found an adult at the scene holding a baby with a gunshot wound to her face.
Speaking to law enforcement, Nelson claimed she didn't know a gun was in the room and suggested that it may have been left behind by a previous occupant. According to her, it was likely that her son found the firearm and decided to play with it, the complaint read.
When the pair went to take a shower, there were no other adults in the room, police said. However, a witness brought to the notice of authorities that Bitsilly was seen wiping the gun after the shooting as the baby was being rushed to Gallup Indian Medical Center.
That said, the embattled duo was booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on child abuse charges, while Bitsilly was additionally charged with tampering with evidence and was ordered to be held on a $70,000 bond. Nelson, on the other hand, was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
It is unclear if either is represented by an attorney who can speak on their behalf. Gallup, New Mexico, borders the Navajo Nation near the Arizona border and is located about 140 miles west of Albuquerque.