On Saturday, a 3-year-old toddler reached into his mother’s purse in their Albuquerque, New Mexico motel room looking for her iPod and found instead her loaded gun. The boy fired one shot which struck his father in the buttocks before passing through and striking his eight months pregnant mother in the shoulder. His 2-year-old sister who was also in the room at the time was unharmed.
Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department said that the family was living in the America’s Best Value Inn and that both parents had confirmed the story but that the children would not be interviewed until later due to their young age. He also said that a 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene.
Drobik who was the first to arrive at the second floor motel room after the 2:00 p.m. shooting said that he immediately applied a tourniquet to the woman’s arm and said that she appeared to be seriously injured.
The father was treated and released from the hospital but his wife remained hospitalized for observation.
The state Children, Youth and Families Department (CYF) has taken custody of the children for at least 48 hours according to Dobrik.
The names of the couple have not been released but Dobrik said that the police department will be recommending that charges of felony criminal negligence be lodged against the parents.
“The child did the damage, but it was because of the negligence of the adults that the child was able to do this,” Drobik said. “If you are going to be a gun owner, you need to lock it up and keep it safe, especially around children.”
Watch a report of the shooting in the video below from KRQE.