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Family: toddler shot in head recovering well

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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.


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