GALLUP, N.M. — A New Mexico man has admitted he was the one who accidentally shot an infant girl, not her 3-year-old brother, and then tried to arrange the killing of the baby’s mother and a key witness, new court documents allege.
Tyrell Bitsilly told authorities he fired the weapon that left the baby partially blind and deaf, according to court document released last week, the Gallup Independent reports .
Bitsilly, 21, 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 child abuse case took an unexpected turn last week when Gallup police served Bitsilly a warrant on suspicion he was seeking to arrange the killing of Nelson and a retired military medic who helped save the infant girl’s life.
“Tyrell Bitsilly believed that Shayanne Nelson was going to testify against him because she knew what really happened that night,” Gallup Detective Chavo Chischilly wrote in the arrest warrant. “Tyrell Bitsilly also knew that he would end up in prison for 18 years or more.”
In June, Nelson, now 19, pleaded guilty to child abuse and agreed to testify against Bitsilly, her boyfriend, as part of her plea agreement.