GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday reduced bail for the mother of an 8-month-old girl who police say was shot in the face at a New Mexico motel.
Following a hearing, New Mexico State District Judge Robert Baca decided to decrease the bond for Shayanne Nelson from $50,000 to $20,000.
Nelson, 18, was arrested after telling police she was in a Gallup motel shower with her boyfriend, Tyrell Bitsilly, 21, when her 3-year-old boy found a gun and accidentally shot the infant. Nelson said she believed the gun was left in the room by a prior occupant.
Nelson and Bitsilly are facing child abuse charges. Bitsilly also was charged with tampering with evidence. He remained held on $70,000 bond.
Police said the baby was taken to Gallup Indian Medical Center — a hospital on the border of the Navajo Reservation and a facility with the U.S. Indian Health Service.
Spencer said the department has not received any medical updates since Tuesday when the center listed the baby in critical condition.
Genevieve Notah, a coordinator for the U.S. Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation, did not immediately respond to an email.
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center spokeswoman Alex Sanchez declined to say if the girl was being treated at the University of New Mexico Hospital — the state’s only trauma center for children.
Gallup is located 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Albuquerque and borders the Navajo Nation near the Arizona border.
The unemployment rate in city is roughly twice the national average.