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Baby critically injured with BB in back of skull; mom, 2 others arrested

Baby critically injured with BB in back of skull; mom, 2 others arrested

GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. (TCD) —

Three Arizona residents were arrested for assault, child abuse and hindering prosecution after allegedly making up a story about how an 8-month-old child was critically injured by a pellet gun, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday.

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an 8-month-old child “with suspicious injuries” at Kingman Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The child was listed in critical condition after being flown to the hospital. The child’s mother had left the hospital before deputies arrived, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s deputies determined the girl had been shot with two BB or pellet projectiles, one grazing the child’s arm, the other striking her in the back of her head, fracturing her skull and lodging in her cranial cavity.

Detectives made contact with the child’s mother, 34-year-old Golden Valley resident Marticella Lopez-Rodriguez, who told them she was gathering firewood with friends when someone fired an Airsoft gun at them, striking the child, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives served a search warrant on a Golden Valley property and questioned local residents Zion Zachary Kauffman, 33, and Savannah Joy Cushman, 27.

Investigators allege Kauffman had shot 10 to 30 BBs at a flock of birds near the child, who was sitting in a car seat on the ground in the…

Baby critically injured with BB in back of skull; mom, 2 others arrested

GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. (TCD) — Three Arizona residents were arrested for assault, child abuse and hindering prosecution after allegedly making up a story about how an 8-month-old child was critically injured by a pellet gun, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday.



Baby critically injured with BB in back of skull; mom, 2 others arrested

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