Houston police open fire during wild chase and hit one-year-old child
Houston, Texas – It's every mother's nightmare: an alleged criminal suddenly appeared inside the car with her own child. This horror scenario has now become bitter reality for a young mother in Houston – with tragic results.
The horrific incident has only just come to light.
It was March 3 when Daisha Smalls stopped at a gas station in Houston, Texas. She left her car for a few minutes to pump gas, leaving her one-year-old son in the back seat while she did so.
But that routine stop at the gas station was enough to change the family's life forever.
It wasn't until March 16 that Daisha appeared in front of the camera for the first time, giving CNN a detailed account of what transpired that horrific day.
She sat down in her car after getting gas. Her son was in the back seat. Then everything happened very quickly. Numerous police officers appeared, sirens rang loudly, and blue lights seemed to be everywhere.
"A man tried to run into my vehicle," Daisha reported through tears. The man sat down next to her and demanded that she give him the keys, but she refused, letting the perpetrator know that her toddler was in the back seat and that she couldn't just leave the car.
Shortly after, police arrived at Daisha's car and began shooting, hitting her son Legend Smalls in the head.
Daisha's son fights for his life – police tell a different story
Legend Smalls narrowly survived, and Daisha said he has been fighting for his life in the hospital every day since the incident.
Meanwhile, police told a different story, claiming Daisha was not in the car at the time of the incident.
The target in the shooting was a 30-year-old man who was said to have committed two aggravated robberies earlier that same day. After a wild police chase, he wrecked his car in an accident and ran armed to Daisha's vehicle.
He allegedly refused to drop the gun, at which point the officers fired.
The 30-year-old died at the scene, and the baby boy also hit in the bullet fire.
The officer who fired the shot at Legend Smalls was said to have been deeply concerned for the woman, a statement said.
The officer has been placed on administrative duty while investigations are ongoing.
Legend Smalls fights for his life
Daisha's lawyer prays for little Legend Smalls
Daisha's lawyer, Ben Crump, strongly condemned the actions, claiming that the police were well aware that his client was in the car and that by shooting towards her, they were also recklessly putting her life at risk. Whether the officers were aware that the toddler was in the back seat is not known.
"My baby didn't deserve to be shot," Daisha said at the press conference, "especially not by the police."
She is desperately hoping that her child doesn't suffer any permanent damage from the incident.
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