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Mother of toddler shot in head speaks out

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Shabba at Jackson Memorial Hospital after surgery Shabba at Jackson Memorial Hospital after surgery

MIAMI (WSVN) -- The mother of the South Florida toddler who was rushed to the hospital after he sustained a gunshot wound to the head outside her home said his recovery is nothing short of a miracle.

The mother of little "Shabba," who turned 2 on Monday, asked 7News not to use her name and to only use her son's nickname. "Shabba's recovering fine, and everything's going well with him, but now where are we going to live?" she said. "I'm not taking my kids back to the house."

Shabba and his mother spent his birthday in the pediatric intensive care unit at Holtz Children's Hospital. Shabba's mother, who also opted not to show her face on camera, said she remembers when her father called her to let her know her son had been shot. "My dad called me, and he was like, 'Come home; Shabba just got shot, Shabba got shot in the head,'" she said. "I know they'd seen my baby because it's light [out]. It's not like he was in a dark alley or in the back of a house in the backyard. You'd seen that baby, like, you'd seen him before you started shooting."

Not wanting to leave a crying baby in the house, Miami-Dade Police said Shabba's grandfather stepped out to speak to the 2-year-old's father in the 800 block of Northwest 75th Street in Miami, Sunday, at around 4:30 a.m. It was at that time, investigators said, that the shooter drove up and started firing, striking Shabba in the head.

Shabba's mother said she was wrapping up a rare night out with friends at the time of the shooting. She said Shabba, the last of her four children, is holding on strong. "He just opens his eyes and just looks, and he knows we're there," she said. "As we talk to him, he moves cause he can hear our voices."

Shabba's mother said that when she was pregnant with him, doctors did not think she could safely carry the child to term. The prognosis this time around is far more promising. "They believe he's going to be fine," she said. "I know, he knows he's going to be fine."

According to Shabba's mother, she and her family had started attending church regularly about a month ago. She said her son's survival is a miracle. "His skull is what stopped the bullet from hitting his brain," she said. "He's really hard-headed, and everybody's like, 'Oh, your kids got big heads.' I'm very thankful for that big head right now."

Investigators are attempting to determine whether Shabba's father, who was grazed by a bullet during the shooting, was the intended target.

Shabba's mother has choice words for whoever is responsible for targeting her family. "I just had to let whoever knows who did this, I know they're watch news, I know their mama watches the news, their grandma watches the news, like, you're really evil," she said.

Shabba is currently listed in critical but stable condition, according to doctors at JMH.

Police said the vehicle involved in the shooting may be a white or silver newer-model Infiniti. It may also have several bullet holes in it.

If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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