A 10-month-old in California has been hospitalized and is in critical condition after she was shot in the head, according to the Fresno Police Department.
According to the Fresno Bee, Marcos Antonio Echartea allegedly fired his gun into a car where the baby, Fayth Percy, her mother, and a male friend were sitting. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Echartea acted with “no regard for human life, even a baby.”
“I know the parents are broken. They are hurting. We held hands at the hospital and prayed for the baby, and we’re asking that everyone in this community come together and pray for baby Fayth for a complete recovery,” Dyer said per the report.
From the Fresno Bee:
The shooting was preceded by a gathering that happened at 3607 E. Hammond Ave. in Fresno, Dyer said.
The child’s mother, identified as 18-year-old Deziree Menagh, had gone to the Hammond Avenue address with the baby. Inside the home was Echartea, whom she’d met a week prior. He attempted to grab the mother’s hand, and she pulled away.
Dyer said the mother went outside and told others what had happened. Later, Echartea tried to get the mother to sit in his lap. She resisted and pulled away.
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According to the report, the mother and her male friend left the home with Fayth when they traveled down the street and parked the car. At some point later, the two reportedly noticed Echartea quickly approaching their car.
“At some point when he got close, he pulled out a handgun and fired three rounds into the driver’s side window, which was up,” Dyer said via the Fresno Bee. “One of those rounds struck baby Fayth on the side of the head as she was being held by her mother Deziree, who was seated in the right front passenger seat.”
According to USA Today, Echartea has a previous incident on his record where he fired into the residence of an ex-girlfriend’s home. The girl’s current boyfriend and a 1-year-old baby were at the home at the time of the shooting.
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