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Bail set at $1 million for mom in shooting of son, 11

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Shavon Aguilar appears in court for her arraignment on charges of the attempted murder of her 11-year-old son Thursday, May 29, 2014. Aguilar is also known as Shavon Carrillo.

Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 10:02 a.m.

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Shavon Aguilar appears in court for her arraignment on charges of the attempted murder of her 11-year-old son Thursday, May 29, 2014. Aguilar is also known as Shavon Carrillo. Launch slideshow »

A judge today set bail at $1 million for a mother accused of shooting her 11-year-old son in the head.

Shavon Aguilar, also known as Shavon Carrillo, 31, was arrested Monday shortly after the shooting. She remains behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center on one count of attempted murder and three counts of child abuse or neglect.

According to a Metro Police arrest report, Aguilar confessed to the crime and told police she was building up the courage to kill herself and her three children to put them in a “better place."

Prosecutor Robert Daskas told Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman the boy was clinging to life at University Medical Center, where his chance for recovery looks bleak.

“The 11-year-old is still in critical condition and is not expected to improve,” Daskas said. “Whether his condition worsens remains to be seen.”

Aguilar appeared confused as Zimmerman asked if she understood the charges. “I’m kind of understanding it,” Aguilar said as she stood before Zimmerman in a blue jumpsuit and chains.

At one point, Aguilar flipped an obscene hand gesture at members of the media. She summoned a court marshal to complain about their cameras, and tried to shield her face using a sheet of paper.

Her case will be assigned to a court-appointed attorney.

Metro Police found the boy bleeding from the head just after 5 a.m. Monday at a home in the 5200 block of Pebble Beach Boulevard, near Vegas Drive and North Decatur Boulevard.

Two other juveniles and one other adult who were in the home at the time weren’t hurt.

At her court appearance this morning, Aguilar requested to be transferred out of a segregation unit at the jail. “I don’t like it there,” she told the judge, who explained that the court has no control over jail operations.

A preliminary hearing for Aguilar has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 13.

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