Children injured in accidental shootings said to be recovering

Children injured in accidental shootings said to be recovering

Caption + A young girl who suffered a head wound in an accidental shooting in Fountain on Apri 9. (Courtesy KKTV)

Two accidental shootings involving young children in El Paso County this year are being treated differently - one is criminal and the other "a tragic accident," officials said.

Thursday, Fountain Police announced that the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office is not filing charges after a 6-year-old girl was shot in the head in her home in Fountain on April 9.

Details about how the girl gained access to the gun have never been released, but Fountain police spokesman Sgt. Scott Gilbertsen said the shooting was determined to be "clearly a tragic accident" and said "there was no negligence involved."

The girl is recovering at home and, "unbelievably" starting to speak, he said.

A woman who answered the door to the family's home on Progress Drive said only the girl was "doing fine." She declined to elaborate.

That investigation's conclusion differed from another shooting in June that critically injured a 2-year-old in Colorado Springs.

Monica Abeyta (Courtesy of CSPD) 

The child's mother, Monica Abeyta, 30, has been accused of child abuse criminal negligence resulting in serious bodily injury after she told police she had left the gun in a bag within the children's reach.

Abeyta said she usually keeps her gun in a locked box, but got it out on June 2 when she heard a suspicious noise while smoking marijuana in her home. The next morning, she placed the gun in a backpack and headed for the shower when she heard the gun go off, court records said.

"Doctors are optimistic the child will make a full recovery," Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black said.

Abeyta has since posted $10,000 bond and is out of jail, but court records show there are two protection orders in place, presumably barring her from her children.

Her first appearance is scheduled for Monday.


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