Baby mistakenly shot and injured his heavily pregnant mother and Dad in Motel Room

February 1, 2015 11:59 am

A three-year-old boy has shot and injured his heavily pregnant mother
and his father after reaching into his mother’s purse for her iPod and
discovering a loaded handgun, police have said.

According to Daily Mail, the toddler was sitting in a motel room in
Albuquerque, New , with his mother, , father,
, and two-year-old sister on Saturday when the shooting
occurred.

He reportedly reached into Miss Villescas’s purse in a bid to reach her
iPod, but unwittingly pulled out a gun instead. Seconds later, he fired
one shot, striking his father in the right buttock.

Father: The toddler was sitting in a motel room in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Miss Villescas, his father, Justin Reynolds (pictured being transported to hospital), and two-year-old sister when the shooting occurred

The bullet then traveled out of Mr Reynolds’s hip and struck his
long-term girlfriend – who is eight months’ pregnant – in the arm,
police said. The pair were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds.

Mr Reynolds has since been released. Miss Villescas’s condition remains
unknown. However, police said the expectant mother appeared to have been
‘seriously’ injured in the shooting.

Mother and son: The young boy (pictured with Miss Villescas) reportedly fired one shot, striking his father in the right buttock. The bullet then continued and struck his girlfriend - who is eight months' pregnant - in the arm
The boy was able to remove a loaded handgun from his mother’s purse,
before shooting his father in the lower backside on Saturday.
The bullet then exited the man’s body and struck the pregnant woman in the shoulder, according to local police.
Both
parents were treated at a nearby hospital. The father has since been
released, but the mother, who is eight months pregnant, was
hospitalised.
She is believed to be in a stable condition, however the condition of her unborn baby is unknown.
Robb
Robillard, who was staying at the motel when the shooting occurred,
said that it was “scary” a three-year-old was the culprit.
“I
came out of the room and saw police officers downstairs and I came down
the stairs and saw a whole bunch of cop cars,” he told KRQE 13.

“I think everybody should have the right to own guns, but you
need a lock on them too, especially when kids are around,” he added.
A
two-year-old girl was found by police in the room, but she was not
injured. The children have been placed in the custody of the Children
Youth and Families Department for a minimum of 48 hours.
Local animal control officials were also called to remove two pit bulls that were discovered in the motel room.
Police
said that the parents could face charges of criminal negligence for
allowing a loaded gun to get into the possession of a child.
The District Attorney’s office will be notified and will decide whether to press charges.
The
case is strikingly similar to a shooting in December last year, when a
woman, 29, was fatally shot by her two-year-old son in an Idaho Walmart,
after he found a gun in his mother’s handbag.

The American toddler shot his father and his pregnant mother with a
single bullet after reaching into her purse for an iPod, but instead
pulling out a handgun.
Seconds after grabbing the 9mm pistol, the
3-year-old boy unwittingly fired one shot, which hit his father in the
buttock, passed out of his hip and then struck his mother in the
shoulder.
Justin Reynolds and Monique Villescas were taken to
hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both are expected to survive, but
Villescas, who is eight months pregnant, was described as “seriously”
injured. The shooting was the latest in which a young child fired a
relation’s unsecured weapon, either accidentally or while playing.
In
Missouri last month, a 5-year-old shot dead his 9-month-old brother
after finding his grandfather’s loaded pistol in the family home, and in
Idaho last December, a mother shopping at a Walmart store died after
her 2-year-old son reached into her purse and accidentally fired her
handgun.
An average of two children a week are shot dead in
accidents in the US and in three quarters of the cases, the gun was
fired by another child.

New Mexico has some of the laxest firearms laws in the US, but
Reynolds and Villescas are expected to face criminal negligence
charges.
Their son and his 2-year-old sister, who were staying
with their parents in a motel room when the shooting occurred, were
taken into temporary care by the state’s social services while an
investigation was conducted.
“All of a sudden we heard a gun go off,” Reynolds told KOB4 television news channel.
“The next minute I realised my girlfriend was bleeding. Then I sat down and realised I was shot too.”

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