A 1-year-old boy fighting for his life after a police officer shot him in the head has now had to have part of his skull removed.
Legend Smalls has remained in ICU since the shooting that took place on March 3rd. That is the day that Legend’s mother, Daisha Smalls, was parked at a Chevron gas station in Houston at around 11:30 p.m. The 19-year-old mother was in the driver’s seat when a robbery suspect fleeing from police jumped into the vehicle, landing on top of her. That is when police began firing into the car at the suspect, striking both him and Legend. The suspect died, and the child was rushed to the hospital, where he has remained.
To relieve some of the baby’s brain’s swelling, doctors removed part of his skull, and the bullet lodged in his brain. According to the family’s attorney, Ben Crump, he has suffered over ten seizures and still struggles to breathe independently, having to be connected to a ventilator.
While the officer who severely wounded the child has not been named, he is said to be a 15-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
The department has defended the officers, saying they feared that the suspect would harm the young woman. Chief Art Acevedo said that he has visited the mother and child and hopes that Legend pulls through.
A GoFundMe has been set up to assist with Legend’s health costs.