In Ohio, a 43-year-old grandmother, Mia Desiree Harris, is facing serious charges of felonious assault after allegedly deliberately shooting her five-month-old granddaughter in the face. The incident occurred early Saturday in Liberty Township, prompting a swift response from law enforcement.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones asserted that the shooting was not accidental but a deliberate act. The baby girl sustained a gunshot wound to the eye and was discovered at a townhouse on Dutch View Court. Authorities were alerted to the situation at around 1:50 a.m. on December 9.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers found the infant in critical condition and promptly transported her to UC West Chester Hospital for medical attention. Following the shooting, Harris reportedly fled the area but was later apprehended without incident, told FOX19 NOW.
Witnesses at the scene identified Mia Harris as the alleged perpetrator. The official release claims that during the incident, Harris shot at several family members before intentionally targeting the child.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE, Harris forcefully broke through a locked bedroom door, firing a handgun multiple times through it. Subsequently, she allegedly shot the infant at close range while the child was lying on a bed.
Sheriff Jones emphasized the severity of the situation, stating that the baby’s life hangs in the balance, leaving the outcome in “God’s hands now.” Harris’s bond was set at $1.5 million, and a court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
It remains unclear whether Harris has entered a plea or obtained legal representation. The horrifying incident raises questions about the circumstances surrounding the alleged intentional act and the potential legal proceedings that will follow.
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