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APNewsBreak: Baby shot in the face in New Mexico is in a coma

This combination of Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 books of photos by the provision of the McKinley County Adult Detention Center shows Shayanne Nelson, left, and Tyrell Bitsilly, right. Nelson’s 8-month-old girl is fighting for her life after police say her 3-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the face Saturday in Gallup, N. M., motel room while Nelson and her friend Bitsilly were in a shower. Nelson and Bitsilly face child abuse charges. (McKinley County Adult Detention Center via AP)

GALLUP, N. M. – A toddler who was shot in the face at a New Mexico motel earlier this month in a coma and will likely cause serious complications, including hearing and vision loss as a result of her injuries, police said Wednesday.

Gallup police officer Darius Johnson told The Associated Press in an interview that the 8-month-old girl was treated at an Albuquerque hospital and seems to have lost hearing in her left ear and will probably lose her left eye.

“We don’t know much further than that,” Johnson said.

Johnson was one of the officers who responded to a chaotic scene at the Zia Motel, Gallup, New Mexico, on Dec. 8 after police received reports of shots fired.

According to the police, the officials Shayanne Nelson, 18, that her daughter bleeding from the face and a blanket, and her 3-year-old boy next to her.

A hysterical, Nelson told the authorities that she and her friend, Tyrell Bitsilly, 21, were in the shower when her 3-year-old son found a gun and accidentally shot the infant. Nelson said she believes the gun may have been left in the room by someone who is in their hotel room earlier. No adults were in the room at the time of the shooting.

But a witness told the police that he saw Bitsilly the wiping of the gun after the shooting

Nelson and Bitsilly face child abuse charges arising from the shooting. Bitsilly was also charged with tampering with evidence.

In addition, Bitsilly is directed against the in another case involving a gun and Nelson’s children. Bitsilly was arrested in October after police say he fired a gun during an argument in a car in the centre of Gallup, court records show.

Lawyers for Nelson and Bitsilly convinced a judge Wednesday to postpone the preliminary hearings in the criminal case, so that they can review new evidence that includes video interviews, a new police report and pictures of a security camera.

Bitsilly’s lawyer, John Bernitz, said the video interviews gave conflicting information about what happened in the hotel, but he did not elaborate.

He calls the shooting a tragic accident, said the hotel attracted by people who are struggling with poverty and that a gun may be left in the room.

McKinley County Magistrate Judge Robert Baca moved the hearings for Jan. 9.

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