New Mexico Man Allegedly Shot Infant, Sought To Kill Mom

Oct 9, 2019

A Four Corners area man facing charges in connection with the shooting of an infant girl has admitted he accidentally fired the weapon, not the girl's 3-year-old brother.

FILE - This combination of Dec. 8, 2018, file booking photos providing by McKinley County Adult Detention Center shows Shayanne Nelson, left, and Tyrell Bitsilly. Bitsilly, who is facing charges in connection with the shooting of an infant girl, has admitted he accidentally fired the weapon, not the girl's 3-year-old brother.
Credit (McKinley County Adult Detention Center via AP, File)

The Gallup Independent reports court documents show Tyrell Bitsilly allegedly told authorities he was the one who fired the weapon that left the baby partially blind and deaf.

The 21-year-old Bitsilly and the baby's mother, Shayanne Nelson, had told police the girl's 3-year-old brother found a gun left in a Gallup, New Mexico, motel room and accidentally fired the gun.

Gallup police announced last week Bitsilly is facing new charges after authorities say he tried to arrange the killings of Nelson and a retired military medic who helped saved the infant girl's life.

A public defender says he needed more time to talk to Bitsilly after the new allegations.