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.