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A 1-year-old African American Baby is ‘fighting for his life’ after being shot in the head by Houston police

by AfroWorldNews

A 1-year-old boy has been in the intensive care unit since early March after being shot in the head by Houston police earlier this month, the baby’s mother and her attorneys said on Tuesday.

Daisha Smalls was pumping gas on March 3 when she saw police cars and sirens, she said at a news conference on Tuesday. Smalls said she was sitting inside the vehicle when a man approached and told her to get out of the car. Her son, Legend, was in the backseat.

“I wouldn’t give him my car because I let him know that I have a child in my car and that I would not leave my car without my son,” Smalls said, describing that the man then sat on her lap and tried to hijack the vehicle.

Legend Smalls, 1, was shot by police during a carjacking attempt in Houston on March 3. He remains in intensive care.

The police then shot into her car, killing the suspect on top of her and injuring Legend when a bullet entered his head, Small’s attorney, Ben Crump said.

“I was just scared for my son’s life,” Smalls said. She later added that he “didn’t deserve to be shot, especially not by the police.”

Doctors had to remove part of Legend’s skull because of brain swelling, and though they removed the bullet, there are still fragments in his brain, Crump added.

“He’s had multiple seizures — over 10 seizures — he’s still fighting for his life,” he said

The clerk at the gas station told ABC13 that there is a surveillance video of the shooting. Body camera footage, if it exists, has not been given to the attorneys, Crump said, but he is calling for authorities to release it.

“Why would they shoot knowing she was in the car? Not knowing who else was in the car. There could have been children, there could’ve been others in the car, but they shot,” Crump said. “Regrettably and tragically, little Legend will live the rest of his life with the consequences of their decision to shoot into his mama’s car even though they knew she was in there.”

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