YODER — The father of a child who was shot in unincorporated El Paso County last week and taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries is now facing a murder charge, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office announced Monday that the child has succumbed to his injuries.
34-year-old Nikolay Krutitskiy is facing charges of murder in the firs-degree, first-degree assault, child abuse - serious injury/knowingly or reckless, possession of weapon by previous offender, child abuse - without injury/knowing or reckless, prohibited use of a weapon, violation of restraining order, and reckless endangerment.
The call from Yoder came in at around 6:43 p.m., deputies said. When they arrived to the 7700 block of Edison Road, deputies said the child's parents flagged them down. Authorities performed life-saving measures on the 6-year-old child before he was taken to the hospital by helicopter.
An El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said deputies remained at the scene late into the night and the investigation into the circumstances that led to the shooting remains active.