New Mexico toddler shoots infant in face in motel room; mother, boyfriend face charges, police say

A New Mexico couple is facing charges after an unsupervised 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his 8-month-old sister in the face Saturday while the children's mom and her boyfriend were in the shower, police said. The baby was taken to the hospital and remains in critical condition. Shayanne Nelson, 18, and her boyfriend, Tyrell Bitsilly, 21, … Continue reading “New Mexico toddler shoots infant in face in motel room; mother, boyfriend face charges, police say”

A New Mexico couple is facing charges after an unsupervised 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his 8-month-old sister in the face Saturday while the children's mom and her boyfriend were in the shower, police said.

The baby was taken to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

Shayanne Nelson, 18, and her boyfriend, Tyrell Bitsilly, 21, face child abuse charges after the shooting inside a motel room on Route 66 in Gallup, located 140 miles west of Albuquerque, police said.

Nelson and Bitsilly were reportedly in the shower when the toddler discovered the gun and pulled the trigger, striking his sister in the face. Police were called to the motel, where they found an adult holding a baby with a gunshot wound to her face, the complaint filed Monday said.

Nelson told police she didn’t know the weapon was in the room and believed it may have been left there by the last motel guest — though another hotel guest told officials they saw Bitsilly cleaning the gun after the near-fatal shooting.

Along with the child abuse charge, Bitsilly was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Court records show Nelson was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Bitsilly was ordered held on a $70,000 bond.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Mexico ‘passport’? Confused marriage license clerk doesn’t believe southwestern state is in US

A New Mexico resident didn’t just have to prove his love before getting married – he had to prove New Mexico is actually a state.

When Gavin Clarkson and his future bride applied for a marriage license in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, he was told he needed to provide an international passport to be approved.

“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say ‘my supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?’” Clarkson said in a Nov. 20 Facebook post.

Clarkson, a former deputy assistant secretary in the Interior Department, told the Las Cruces Sun-News the clerk checked with a supervisor several times before the office was able to confirm New Mexico has, in fact, been a state for 106 years.

Clarkson said the whole ordeal took about 20 minutes, and the clerk did apologize. But he said he and his now-wife have laughed about the incident – as did other couples in line.

“The new Mrs. Clarkson thinks that the most hilarious part was when the clerk complimented me on my English,” Clarkson joked in a Facebook post, adding his wife immigrated from Argentina in 1994.

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A spokesperson for the District of Columbia Courts said a clerk “made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state.”

“We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a D.C. marriage license,” Leah Gurowitz, director of media and public relations for D.C. Courts, told the Sun-News.

According to the Sun-News, Clarkson is also a member of the Choctaw Nation.

“Apparently it would have been easier if I’d shown her my tribal ID,” Clarkson said.

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Transgender woman’s death in ICE custody was ‘entirely preventable,’ advocates say after new autopsy released

An independent autopsy on a transgender woman who died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in New Mexico showed evidence that she was beaten, reports said Tuesday.

Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez, 33, was part of a migrant caravan from Honduras when she was taken into ICE custody in May and died shortly after in the same month, the Arizona Republic reported.

She was HIV positive when she presented herself at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego, Calif., and then held at the Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, where she developed severe diarrhea and vomiting, the Washington Post reported. She was then transferred to a hospital.

The autopsy, conducted on behalf of members of Hernandez's family, showed deep bruising on the left and right sides of her chest, as well as deep contusions on the left and right sides of her upper back, the Republic reported.

The "blunt force trauma of lateral thoracic walls and posterior thorax (are) indicative of blows, and/or kicks, and possible strikes with blunt object," according to the autopsy report, which also found "extensive deep hemorrhages" on the right and left wrists and hands "typical of handcuff injuries," the Republic reported.

The Transgender Law Center (TLC) and Andrew Free, a civil rights attorney, filed a wrongful death notice claim Monday with the New Mexico Attorney General's Office, the report said.

"In the final days of her life, she was transferred from California to Washington to New Mexico, shackled for days on end. If she was lucky, she was given a bottle of water to drink. Her cause of death was dehydration and complications related to HIV," Lynly Egyes, TLC's director of litigation, said, according to a release. "Her death was entirely preventable.”

The family also released a statement through Free and the Transgender Law Center.

“Roxsana Hernandez was our sister and it was an injustice to have her die the way she did,” the statement said. “She left with dreams of opening a beauty salon and hopes of helping us out. She fled Honduras because here transgender people are discriminated against.”

ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa said in a written statement any allegations that Hernandez was abused while in ICE custody are false, the Republic reported.

"A review of Hernandez's death conducted by ICE Health Service Corps medical professionals confirmed that she suffered from a history of untreated HIV," Zamarripa said. "At no time did the medical personnel treating Ms. Hernandez at Cibola General Hospital or Lovelace Medical Center raise any issues of suspected physical abuse."

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.