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Colorado Springs woman to learn sentence in February after toddler son shoots brother

December 12, 2017 Updated: December 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm
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Monica Abeyta, 30, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of child abuse - one a felony and one a misdemeanor. (Courtesy of CSPD)

UPDATE AT 2 P.M.

Monica Abeyta's sentencing was continued to 2 p.m. on Feb. 12. Attorneys on both sides agreed to the postponement at the request of the El Paso County Probation Office, which needed more time to complete presentencing reports.

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A Colorado Springs woman will be sentenced today after admitting that she failed to secure a handgun that her 3-year-old son used in a shooting that seriously wounded his 2-year-old brother.

Monica Abeyta, 30, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of child abuse - one a felony and one a misdemeanor.

Her sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. before 4th Judicial District Judge G. David Miller.

The felony - child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, is normally punishable by up to six years in prison, although probation may be an option and the sentence can be also enhanced under certain circumstances. It's unclear if a sentencing deal was reached as part of Abeyta's guilty plea.

Officers were called to the woman's home in early June after the toddler found Abeyta's pistol in a backpack and accidentally shot his brother in the back, Colorado Springs police said in an arrest affidavit. The younger boy underwent surgery and was expected to recover, authorities said at the time. An update on his condition will likely come at today's hearing.

Abeyta told authorities she was preparing to get in the shower when the shooting occurred in a different room. She said she normally keeps the weapon in a lockbox but had removed it and placed it in her bag the night before after hearing a noise. The family was in the process of moving into Abeyta's parents' home at the time.

Abeyta admitted to smoking marijuana the night before, and had a history of hard drug use, including methamphetamines, though she said she hadn't used meth since 2016, police said in arrest papers. During a search of the home, police found a glass pipe and a substance they suspect to be meth along with marijuana.

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