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Parents Facing Child Abuse Charges After Being Shot By Their 3-Year-Old Son

| by Karen Eisenberg

A 3-year-old boy and his 2-year-old sister were in an Albuquerque, New Mexico motel room on Saturday, with their parents and a loaded .45-caliber handgun. 

Monique Villescas, who is 8-months pregnant, and Justin Reynolds were both wounded when their 3-year-old son picked up the .45-caliber handgun, which was located inside his mother’s purse, and fired a shot.

Reynolds was hit in the buttocks. The bullet exited his thigh and struck Villescas in the arm. Both were treated and released by a local hospital.

Luckily, Reynolds grabbed the handgun away from his son and neither child was injured.

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On Thursday, the parents were arrested and are now facing child abuse charges.

“With Second Amendment rights comes responsibility, and these parents obviously practiced no responsibility at all,” Simon Drobik, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman said, according to the apq Journal.

The criminal complaint filed maintains that Villescas and Reynolds “acted with a reckless disregard for the safety and or health of their children,” as reported by Fox8.

The Smith & Wesson handgun was apparently bought by Villescas and Reynolds the same day of the shooting. The criminal complaint alleges, “It should be noted that [the father] was with [the mother] on this date when she purchased the firearm and ammunition.” “[The father] knew the firearm was inside [the mother’s] purse,” according to Fox8.

Reynolds and Villescas were both charged with child abuse without great bodily harm. Reynolds is a convicted felon and the apq Journal reports that he may face charges of a felon in possession of a firearm.

The parents are in custody with the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center, according to authorities, Fox13 reports. Their bond is set at $15,000 each.

Fox8 reports that the children were placed into temporary custody with the Children’s, Youth and Families Department.

“That’s what happens when you don’t secure a firearm, and you’re unsafe around firearms,” Fox 13 reports Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Drobik told CNN affiliate KOAT. “Children have easy access to them … and people got hurt.”

Sources: apq Journal, Fox8, Fox13

Photo: Wikipedia