Mother arrested after toddler shot by 3-year-old brother

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A 3-year-old child was playing with a handgun at a northeast Colorado Springs home on Saturday when the weapon fired, hitting another toddler, according to police.

No phone listing could be found for Abeyta, and it wasn't clear if she had an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

The police report of the scene describes an officer finding the two-year-old child face down on the floor with a gunshot wound to the back.

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Police initially said the 2-year-old was in critical condition; he since has stabilized.

The sister recalled what police told her about the incident. The gun normally was kept in a lockbox, she said, but she heard a noise and became paranoid the night before and kept the gun with her as she slept.

Monica Abeyta, 30, was arrested for felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injuries following the shooting at a home in the area of Driftwood Drive and Meadowland Boulevard at around 1:45 p.m.

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His mother, Monica Abeyta, was arrested Sunday and faces felony child abuse charges.

There was no record of Abeyta being held at the El Paso County jail Sunday afternoon.

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