Las Cruces Mom Accused of Child Abuse After Kids Play with Pellet Gun

POSTED: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 6:16pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 12:41pm

Las Cruces – NewsChannel 9 has obtained the criminal complaint that provides new details into the case of a Las Cruces mother who police have charged with negligent child abuse.

Police say Amanda Tarin's 4-year-old daughter had bruises on her legs from an Air Soft gun when she returned to her father's house.

Her injuries weren't serious.

Police say the girl's 14-year-old half-brother shot her with the Air Soft pellets while the two were playing.

According to statements from Tarin in the criminal complaint, both children have shot each other with the Air Soft guns while playing before and she's asked them to stop.

But police arrested Tarin on Sunday, saying she never reported the incidents to law enforcement or sought medical attention for her injuries.

The girl's father reported the injuries to police after she returned home from a visit at her mother's house.

One Las Cruces Defense Attorney thinks the charges Tarin is now facing are a big stretch.

"Turning child's play into child's abuse is pushing it," said Jose Luis Arrieta.

If he was defending Tarin, he says he would ask the judge to dismiss the case based on the fact that prosecutors would have to prove Tarin knew about the child abuse and did nothing.

"Is a BB gun injury that results in a bruise really child abuse? And if so, who do you charge? Because a child can't commit the crime," said Arrieta.

The 4-year-old girl is now in her father's custody.

If convicted of negligent child abuse, which is a third degree felony, Tarin faces 3 years in prison.

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wow, 4 year olds with airsoft guns is totally outrageous. seriously, parents really need to be watching their kids when playing with these.

Tarin shouldn't have allowed that, but it sounds like a custody battle not child abuse! Kids do stupid things all the time. My brother shot me with a bb gun all the time and noone called the police. Granted the poor little girl didn't deserve it and it needed to stop, but I would not call the police if my son did that to another one of my children. I would have dealt with it in the family.

Kids will be kids, I have two and they are five years apart 4 and 9. My daughter totally treats her brother as if he was her age, and trust me there has been more than just bruises between the two. As a mother it is hard to stop hard horseplay. I truly believe this case has been taken to the extremes and Tarin is being wrongly accused. I hope every thing turns out for this family. God bless them.

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