ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque mother is in jail Wednesday night, arrested for shooting an 8-year-old neighbor with a BB gun. Deputies say it was not an accident.
The boy's family says this isn't the first time they've had problems with the woman, Cesilia Ramirez, and when she pulled out the BB gun, they feared the worst.
“She said if she sees them on the street, she'd kill them,” Liliana Chavira said. “Those are some serious threats.”
Those threats now haunt Chavira even more.
“I'm hoping she doesn't come out and want to retaliate,” she said. “That’s the only thing I'm worried about right now.”
On Tuesday, Chavira’s 8-year-old son, Jesus Chavira, was walking home from school along this ditch bank near their home in the South Valley. She says he was hanging out with some of Ramirez's kids when they started playing with sticks.
“My son threw [a stick] at [Ramirez's son] and accidentally hit him in the head,” Chavira said.
When Jesus came home, he told his mom what had happened.
Minutes later, Chavira says Ramirez came knocking and screaming. Before she left, Ramirez opened fire.
“I thought it was a real gun when I first saw it. I didn't know it was a BB gun,” Chavira said. “I turned to look and my son was bleeding from his hand where she had hit him.”
Ramirez is charged with child abuse and aggravated assault.
On Wednesday, Jesus had to leave school early.
“The nurse from the school called me and said his hand was real swollen, so I had to go to school and bring him home,” Chavira said.
Chavira says they've had trouble with Ramirez ever since she moved in down the street a few months ago.
When News 13 went by her home, Bernalillo County deputies and the Children, Youth and Families Department were checking out the place. They said no one was home.
Chavira says she still fears the worst even with Ramirez behind bars.
“If it would have been a real gun, where would my child be right now?”
CYFD said they're beginning their investigation into Ramirez but wouldn't say if she was already on their radar.
According to the criminal complaint, Ramirez's son told officers Jesus' mom shot him. Ramirez denied having the BB gun. Her bond was raised from $25,000 to $35,000 on Wednesday.
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