A young New Mexico mother and her boyfriend have been charged with child abuse after the woman's 3-year-old son shot her 8-month-old daughter in the face while she and her partner were in a motel shower, according to authorities.
Shayanne Nelson, 18, and Tyrell Bitsilly, 21, were at the Zia Motel, located in Gallup, New Mexico, Dec. 8 when a gun went off, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. The shooting has rendered the baby girl deaf in one ear and may possibly result in blindness in one of her eyes. She is now in an induced coma.
Nelson told police that after hearing the gunshot she ran out to find her daughter bleeding on the motel bed. She grabbed her, wrapped her in a blanket and ran out for help.
"My baby's been shot! My baby's been shot!" she yelled as she ran outside, as blood drenched the blanket.
Casey Franchot, who was eating at a nearby Taco Bell, responded to the call for help and later told police that he found Bitsilly wiping the gun down with a towel.
"I was also prepared to grab the baby and roll on the room for cover in case he started shooting," Franchot said.
As a result, Bitsilly has been charged with of tampering with evidence in addition to the child abuse charges.
Nelson told police she didn't know the gun was in the room and claimed that perhaps someone who had stayed in the room previously left it behind, KOB reported.
This was not the first incident of a shooting involving both the couple and Nelson’s children.
Just two months ago, Bitsilly was arrested after he allegedly fired a gun inside a car carrying Nelson, her two children and her mother. Bitsilly was charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, child abuse, shooting from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence, in connection with that incident, the Associated Press reports.
Nelson has been released on a $5,000 unsecured bond while Bitsilly was jailed on a $70,000 bond.
[Photo: McKinley County Adult Detention Center]
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