The teenage mother of an infant girl who police say was shot in the face at a New Mexico motel may testify against her boyfriend.
The Gallup Independent reports Shayanne Nelson pleaded guilty last week to third-degree child abuse in an agreement that comes with the condition that she testify in Tyrell Bitsilly’s trial.
Nelson told police she was in a Gallup, New Mexico, motel shower with Bitsilly when her 3-year-old boy found a gun and accidentally shot her infant daughter in December.
The 21-year-old Bitsilly is facing child abuse charges.
Prosecutor Earl Rhoads says the baby is still missing part of her skull and may need a metal plate. He says she is permanently deaf in her left ear and paralyzed on the left side of her face.