Toddler Shoots Dad, Then Pregnant Mom In New Mexico Motel Room

A toddler, both his parents, and two year old younger sister were all in a New Mexico motel room when a shot was fired. The toddler’s mother is eight months pregnant. They were getting ready to order a pizza when the three year old toddler reached into his mother’s purse to retrieve an iPod when he found a loaded hand gun instead. According to a report by MSNBC on Feb. 1, everything happened as fast as it would when people shake hands with each other. The three year old toddler shot the gun one time. The bullet hit his father first in the buttocks and then exited through his hip and hit his pregnant mother. According to the report, the toddler’s father got up to check on his girlfriend to see how bad she was hit when he noticed he was shot as well.

Although both of the boys’ parents were shot and his two year old younger sister was sitting beside their mother at the time, she was unharmed. The toddler’s dad said everything happened so fast. According to Fox News, he had this to say:

I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son because I didn’t know if he had shot himself or not. He was shocked and crying. It was traumatizing.

According to the police, the father of the toddler, Justin Reynolds was treated for a gunshot wound and released from the hospital. However, since his girlfriend, the mother of the toddler who fired the accidental shot, Monique Villescas is eight months pregnant for their third child together; she remains in the hospital but is in stable condition. The condition of the unborn baby is not known yet.

The two are being investigated for, and charges are pending, of felony criminal negligence. According to the Albuquerque, New Mexico police, the case will be forwarded to the DA’s office who will be reviewing it and decide whether or not charges should be filed against them.

The family was living in the motel room at America’s Best Value Inn when the shot was fired by the toddler. The spokesman for the Washington Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Johnathon Hutson says this should serve as a reminder to all parents that their guns should be locked up in a secure place where their children can’t get to them.

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