NEW ORLEANS, LA – A one-year-old infant is struggling for his life after having been shot allegedly several times by the father. The man is now in custody and there are no clear updates on the status of the infant.
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New Orleans Police Department responded to the University Medical Center after receiving reports of a one-year-old child having arrived with apparent gunshot wounds.
When they arrived, they met with the infant’s mother, who was not identified, reported to police that she was in the area of Decatur and Spain Streets near her boyfriend, identified as Corey Davis, when they began to argue.
The mother alleges that she began to drive away from Davis he fired three shots through the rear window of the vehicle she was driving.
The mother said she looked into the backseat and noticed that her young son had been hit in the head and thigh.
The mother allegedly stopped and told Davis what he had done who got into the vehicle and drove them to the hospital. Once there, Davis allegedly left the mother and the child and fled the scene.
Once the New Orleans Police Department identified Davis as the alleged shooter, the hunt for his location started with NOPD VOWS, the US Marshals Service, and the NOPD Child Abuse Unit.
Davis was not able to remain free for long and was taken into custody and charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, domestic abuse aggravated assault, aggravated criminal damage to property, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal use of a weapon, and theft of a motor vehicle.
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When Davis appeared in front of a judge he was ordered to be held with a bond of over $600,000.
This bond amount may increase if there are additional criminal charges identified throughout the investigation or his son dies from his injuries.
Shaun Ferguson, the New Orleans Police Superintendent, released a statement to the media praising the efforts of all of the law enforcement members who stepped up to locate and arrest Davis. He said:
“This is another unfortunate incidence of violence in our city that was found to be domestic in nature, and also where a child – in this case, a 1-year-old infant shot by his own father – was the victim of a tragic, senseless and violent crime.
As I’ve said before, practicing self-responsibility and implementing proper conflict resolution skills can help to avoid tragic situations like this.”
Police have not advised if they had any dealings with Davis or the girlfriend prior to this incident, however, it was noted that he may have had other felony warrants out for his arrest at the time of the shooting.
The New Orleans Police Department advises they are still investigating the case to determine what led up to the shooting and where Davis went to after the crime.
They are asking for anyone with any information that can lead to the conviction of Davis to contact their Child Abuse Unit at 504 658-5267.
At this time, there are no leads in the senseless death that happened the day after Christmas.
On December 26th, 24-year-old Maquisha Burton was driving in the area of General DeGaulle Drive and Hendee Street with her two children when she reported hearing gunfire just before 9 pm.
After hearing the shots, Maquisha quickly realized that her seven-year-old daughter, Dillan Burton, had been struck by the gunfire.
Maquisha drove to the 1200 block of Milton Street and called 911 for help. As police and medics arrived on the scene, they attempted all life saving measures and transported Dillan to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
A man who lives in the area of the shooting, Charles Dillon, spoke to 4WWL about the tragedy of the incident. He said:
“We have to do better. We have to do better as people, as a community, we have to do better. We’ve always had violence, unfortunately.
We live in New Orleans, we’ve always had violence, but it has gotten younger and younger, and this is senseless to me. These youngsters are losing their lives and they haven’t even gotten a chance to live.”
The New Orleans Police Department located video surveillance footage from a camera near the scene of the shooting which captured what they believe is the vehicle involved. They released a still shot of that video which shows what appears to be a white or silver Chevrolet truck with a bedcover.
At this time, it does not appear that the New Orleans Police Department has any indication if Maquisha was targeted in the shooting or if it was just some random violent act by whomever fired the gun.
Regardless of the motive, the violent death of anyone is senseless, especially when it is the life of a young child that is lost.
New Orleans Police Department Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson and the Democratic Mayor of New Orleans LaToya Cantrell issued a joint statement on the tragic incident. Their statement read:
“We stand in shock over the violence that claimed the life of a 7-year-old child, the day after Christmas. It is unbearably tragic.
As a City, as a community – we reject this. How often have said ‘one is too many?’ This one, alone, is too much. This child deserved better of us.
Somebody out there knows who pulled the trigger. We need them to come forward. The NOPD is devoting the full force of our resources to holding this shooter accountable —and we will demand the same of our partners in the Courts and at the DA’s office.
This is a time for us to come together. This will not be tolerated by us as leaders of our City, or our people.”
As the New Orleans Police Department is working diligently to seek justice for young Dillan, Tiffany Brooks has established a GoFundMe account to help the family with funeral expenses during this difficult time. The page reads:
“Dillan Burton was a vibrant, jovial, loving little girl. Her life was cut short tragically on 12/26. No parent should have to experience burying their child. If you have the means to support her family through this unbearable loss, please do.”
The New Orleans Police Department is asking anyone with any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible to please contact them.
If you do not want to contact the police department direct, you can call the Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans or contact them through their webpage.
Anyone with information that is determined credible can claim a reward of up to $5,000 for homicide cases.
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