Colorado Springs woman arrested in toddler-on-toddler shooting

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Monica Abeyta (Courtesy of CSPD)

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a toddler-on-toddler shooting inside a northeast Colorado Springs home, police said Sunday.

Monica Abeyta is suspected of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury after the shooting – reported just after 1:40 p.m. Saturday – on the 4300 block of Driftwood Drive, police said. A 3-year-old was reportedly playing with a handgun when the weapon fired, hitting a 2-year-old boy.

A neighbor, Alazia Gray, told The Gazette that Abeyta and her three children – two boys, one girl – live in the house.

“She’s a very loving parent,” Gray, who babysits for the family, previously said. “Those kids are well taken care of.”

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

The 2-year-old boy was taken to a hospital where he was reported in critical but stable condition, police said. The boy’s status was unknown Sunday afternoon.

Police did not release the other toddler’s gender, specify if the children were related or release information about who else was in the home when the incident occurred.

Police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said the shooting appeared accidental.

On Sunday, a knock on the front door of the home went unanswered. In a quiet neighborhood, the front yard was empty while a side fence was surrounded by toys.