Houston, TX – Houston police officer earlier this month accidentally shot the 1-year-old baby in the head, the toddler is still on intensive care and critical condition.
The incident occurred on March 3rd when police officers were chasing robbery suspect and mistakenly shot the baby while in the car when the mother was pumping gas.
The suspect, who was killed, jumped into Smalls’ car, and an officer feared that he was trying to carjack her, Houston Executive Assistant Police Chief Troy Finner said.
“My son didn’t deserve this,” Smalls said Tuesday while speaking about the incident with her attorney, Benjamin Crump.
“He still has bullet fragments in his head, and he’s in intensive care,” Smalls said. “And I just want my baby to be safe. … I just want him to recover.”
Legend was on a ventilator for more than 10 days and has had multiple seizures, Smalls’ attorneys said. Part of his skull was removed because of brain swelling from the bullet.
Smalls was in her car when the suspect tried to get in and demanded that she give up the vehicle. Knowing Legend was inside, she refused, Smalls said.
“The person jumped in my car, and the police were right behind him,” Smalls said. “Before I knew what [was] happening, they were already shooting out my car, and I was just scared for my son’s life.”