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Woman Rejected Man At Party, Then He Shot Her Baby In The Head

(CNN) — A 10-month-old baby is recovering after being shot in the head in California.

Police said the shooting happened after the child’s mother rejected a man’s advances.

A banner is still up at the home where a family birthday party turned into a crime scene.

Fresno police say that Marcos Echartea sought refuge inside the home, after shooting out a car window and hitting baby Fayth Percy in the head.

“It should shock the conscience of every person in Fresno to know that we have a 10-month-old baby lying in the hospital fighting for her life,” Jerry Dyer, Fresno police chief.

Fayth’s parents, Deziree Menagh and Bennie Percy have been by the child’s side, tearfully hoping and praying for a miraculous recovery. Dyer said a gun was found and is now undergoing ballistic testing to determine if it was the one used in the shooting.

Investigators spent more than 12 hours with the area roped off, questioning witnesses. Investigators said the suspect made unwanted advances toward the baby’s mother, Deziree, and never looked back after pulling the trigger.

“In fact, when our detectives brought him downtown, he had no remorse,” Dyer said. “He had just shot a 10-month-old baby and didn’t even seem to care or it didn’t phase him.”

It’s unclear if Echartea was under the influence of drugs or alcohol but officers say alcohol was being consumed at the party. Investigators said Deziree was leaving the party Sunday morning to get away from the suspect when he tracked her down and fired.

The man who was driving the car was not hurt. The baby was the only one struck.

 

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