Object lessons can’t be ignored when guns and kids mix.
That was the case with a Albuquerque, N.M., couple on Saturday when their 3-year-old, reaching for an iPod in his mother’s purse got his hands on a loaded firearm instead and pulled the trigger.
The bullet hit the father in the buttocks and wounded the mother in the shoulder. The mother is pregnant.
The father was treated at a hospital and released. The mother, Monique Villescas, was in stable condition.
The family was staying in an Albuquerque motel. iPods are favorite devices for toddlers who like to use them to play games. The father, Justin Reynolds, told told local NBC affiliate KOB-TV, that the family was getting ready to order pizza when the gun went off.
Reynolds called 911 instead.
“I just took action right away,” Reynolds told KOB-TV. “I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son, because I didn’t know if he had shot himself or not. He was shocked and crying. It was traumatizing.“
The 3-year-old and his 2-year-old sister were in the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The case is being reviewed for possible negligence charges.
The object lesson at the very least is don’t keep loaded guns anywhere that children can get to them.