'My baby's been shot!' Chaotic scene at shooting of infant

This combination of Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 booking photos providing by McKinley County Adult Detention Center shows Shayanne Nelson, left, and Tyrell

This combination of Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 booking photos providing by McKinley County Adult Detention Center shows Shayanne Nelson, left, and Tyrell

FILE -In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo the Zia Motel in Gallup, N.M., sits on Historic Route 66. The medical condition of an 8-month-old girl who poli

FILE -In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo the Zia Motel in Gallup, N.M., sits on Historic Route 66. The medical condition of an 8-month-old girl who poli

This Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 booking photo providing by McKinley County Adult Detention Center shows Shayanne Nelson. Nelson's 8-month-old girl is figh

This Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 booking photo providing by McKinley County Adult Detention Center shows Shayanne Nelson. Nelson's 8-month-old girl is figh

This Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 booking photo providing by McKinley County Adult Detention Center shows Tyrell Bitsilly, 21. His girlfriend Shayanne Nelso

This Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 booking photo providing by McKinley County Adult Detention Center shows Tyrell Bitsilly, 21. His girlfriend Shayanne Nelso

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Police in the western New Mexico city of Gallup say detectives are still trying to connect the moments leading to when a bullet struck the face of an 8-month-old girl.

The 18-year-old mother Shayanne Nelson told police minutes after the shooting that she and her boyfriend, Tyrell Bitsilly, were in a shower at a motel when they heard a gunshot.

Nelson said she believed her 3-year-old found a gun and accidentally shot his infant sister.

But a good Samaritan who was helping the infant says he saw the boyfriend wiping the gun with a towel.

Court records show police arrested Bitsilly in October after authorities say he fired a weapon inside a car with Nelson, and the kids.

Nelson and Bitsilly have been charged with child abuse.