Family: toddler shot in head recovering well - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Family: toddler shot in head recovering well

Posted: Updated:

MIAMI (WSVN) -- It has been a remarkable road to recovery for a South Florida toddler, days after he was shot in the head as his grandfather was holding him outside their home.

Tuesday afternoon, the family of little "Shabba" said he was nearly ready to go home from Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was brought in critical condition, Sunday morning. Tuesday afternoon, the 2-year-old's family released pictures of him drinking milk on his own. Only a day early he had tubes in him.

Though she is happy about his recovery, the mother of little "Shabba," who turned 2 on Monday, is now afraid to take the boy back to the house where the child was shot. She 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."

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. "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."

A bullet ricocheted off the house and struck Shabba in the head. Police are not sure who the intended target was of that shooting. "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."

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.

"Anybody that can open fire when there's a baby around, they don't have no remorse, they don't have a heart at all," said the boy's grandmother, Truda Hanna.

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.


  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • If I Stay

    If I Stay

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:14:45 GMT
    If I Stay is based on a best seller. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a teen cellist facing tough choices, both here and in the space between life and death. Chloe and her co-star Jamie Blackley are telling Deco: bring some tissues, it's a tear jerker.
    If I Stay is based on a best seller. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a teen cellist facing tough choices, both here and in the space between life and death. Chloe and her co-star Jamie Blackley are telling Deco: bring some tissues, it's a tear jerker.

  • Sin City

    Sin City

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:28:47 GMT
    Kindness and charm, unlike the people that live in Sin City, and i'm not talking about Vegas either. Things have changed in the town of Sin as in the motion picture while others have stayed the same. The cast of the movie told Deco what's new in part two.?
    Kindness and charm, unlike the people that live in Sin City, and i'm not talking about Vegas either. Things have changed in the town of Sin as in the motion picture while others have stayed the same. The cast of the movie told Deco what's new in part two.?
  • Bourbon Steak

    Bourbon Steak

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:26:53 GMT
    This year's Miami Spice could use a phone book just to list the restaurants taking part, more than a hundred. Which means filling up on three courses for only $39 bucks. And at some places, that means saving a whole lot of money.
    This year's Miami Spice could use a phone book just to list the restaurants taking part, more than a hundred. Which means filling up on three courses for only $39 bucks. And at some places, that means saving a whole lot of money.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:56:35 GMT
    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge.
    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working...
  • Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson

    Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:36 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:36:39 GMT
    It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.
    To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.
  • Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY

    Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:24 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:24:28 GMT
    A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.
    A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting two young Amish sisters from a farm stand and sexually abusing them is due in court for a preliminary hearing.
  • National SportsMore>>

  • The finish line is in sight on the PGA Tour

    The finish line is in sight on the PGA Tour

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:53 AM EDT2014-08-21 07:53:32 GMT
    Rory McIlroy isn't just biding his time for the next seven months until the Masters and his chance to complete the career Grand Slam.
    Rory McIlroy isn't just biding his time for the next seven months until the Masters and his chance to complete the career Grand Slam.
  • The finish line is in sight on the PGA Tour

    The finish line is in sight on the PGA Tour

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:33 AM EDT2014-08-21 07:33:36 GMT
    Rory McIlroy isn't just biding his time for the next seven months until the Masters and his chance to complete the career Grand Slam.
    Rory McIlroy isn't just biding his time for the next seven months until the Masters and his chance to complete the career Grand Slam.
  • Your Top Plays for Today

    Your Top Plays for Today

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-08-21 07:15:58 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
    By The Associated Press Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Study reveals unequal distribution of teachers in Miami-Dade County

    Study reveals unequal distribution of teachers in Miami-Dade County

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:31:27 GMT
    NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE -- Miami-Dade County Schools are confronted with a tough lesson after a new study revealed the district isn't sending enough quality teachers to the schools that need them the most.
    NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE -- Miami-Dade County Schools are confronted with a tough lesson after a new study revealed the district isn't sending enough quality teachers to the schools that need them the most.

  • Arrest made in case of teen who went missing

    Arrest made in case of teen who went missing

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:16 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:16:43 GMT
    19-year-old James Pescovitz Gider19-year-old James Pescovitz Gider
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An arrest was made in the case of a South Florida teen who went missing but was found, Wednesday afternoon.
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An arrest was made in the case of a South Florida teen who went missing but was found, Wednesday afternoon.
  • Miami family prays son will be released by ISIS

    Miami family prays son will be released by ISIS

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:07:18 GMT
    PINECREST, Fla. -- A South Florida family is praying that their son, who is allegedly being held by ISIS militants, will be safely released and returned home.
    PINECREST, Fla. -- A South Florida family is praying that their son, who is allegedly being held by ISIS militants, will be safely released and returned home.
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.