New York City Toddler Shot In Head In Apartment While Home Recovering From Recent Pit Bull Mauling
A 3-year-old is being treated at a hospital after being shot inside his apartment early Saturday morning. The young boy was home recovering after recently being bitten by a pit bull.
According to The Raw Story, the 3-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition at Cornell Medical Center after being shot inside his second-floor apartment in the Flatbush-Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn, reported WABC.
The boy has clearly had a tough life. WABC reported that he was born premature and that neighbors say the boy was recently bit by a pit bull and survived.
The New York Daily News, which identified the boy as Tharell Edward, reported the bullet pierced his skull. Tharell was inside the apartment with his mother’s female roommate and neighbor Akeem Bernard when the shot rang out. Bernard was charged late Saturday with felony assault, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with evidence.
"I did not shoot anybody," Bernard reportedly said, as he was loaded into a police van bound for Brooklyn central booking.
The boy’s mother, Nichelle Edward, reportedly wasn’t home when the shooting took place.
The New York Post reported that Jacintha Fleming, a neighbor in the building, said she was desperately worried about the boy.
“I hope they take that child away,’’ she said. “He’s not safe. She [Nichelle] needs to be a better mother. He’s supposed to be safe in his own home.
“He’s overcome a lot, but I think it’s time for her to get into trouble. I’m not sorry for her. I’m sorry for the baby.”
Fleming said the pit bull who attacked Tharell belonged to his mom’s boyfriend at the time.
Sources said the Administration for Children’s Services was notified after the dog attack, but it is unclear if it took any action.