COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Arrest papers say the mother of a toddler injured in an accidental shooting over the weekend had a history of hard drug use.
Monica Abeyta, 30. Arrested for felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. June 4, 2017.
11 News obtained the arrest papers Monday, one day after 30-year-old Monica Abeyta was arrested and two days after the little boy was shot by his 3-year-old brother.
The toddler is expected to survive -- a weight lifted for relatives, who told 11 News they were scared of losing him.
"I thought he was going to die," said his older sister.
As police continue to investigate what happened Saturday afternoon on Driftwood Drive, family members tell 11 News the toddler and his 3-year-old brother found the gun in their mom's purse.
"They wanted to play Cops and Robbers," his sister said.
Then tragedy struck.
Springs police were called to the home just after 1:30 p.m. The following is an excerpt from the police dispatch tapes obtained by 11 News.
Dispatcher: "Report of a shooting in Stetson [Hills police substation] ... don't have any details yet, medical is rolling."
Medic on radio: "[The child's] still breathing."
Dispatcher: "I just copied, [the child] was still breathing."
Medic: "Little boy is [inaudible] and also he was shot in, like, the lower back region."
The child was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery Sunday, the same day Abeyta, was arrested for felony child abuse resulting in bodily injury. Abeyta is the mother of both boys.
Abeyta reportedly told police that she normally keeps her gun in a lock box, but that she had taken it out the night before because she heard a noise.
The arrest papers go on to say Abeyta admitted to officers that she smoked pot the night before and had used cocaine and meth in the past. She told police she hadn't done meth since last summer, but the arrest papers allege that a search of her house turned up a suspected meth pipe and suspected meth.
The boys' sister, who is much older, said she learned the news via a frantic phone call Saturday afternoon.
"I was with a friend and I got a call that my brother was shot. ... My heart dropped, I was so scared ... I don't know where he was shot, if he was going to live, how I was going to get to the hospital. But when I got here, I heard what happened; the doctors and nurses talked to us and I heard he was going to be OK."
Police have not yet confirmed the sister's account of how her brother was shot, but say at this time they do believe the shooting was accidental. The mother has bonded out of jail.
At last report, the boy's condition was listed as serious but stable.