A Brooklyn toddler who had been recovering from a vicious mauling has been hospitalized after being shot in the head early Saturday morning, according to news reports.
The 3-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition at Cornell Medical Center after being shot inside his second floor apartment in Flatbush-Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn, reported WABC. 911 received a call from the apartment on E. 21st St. at 3:30 a.m., WABC said.
The toddler, a babysitter and a man were inside the apartment at 520 E. 21st St. in Flatbush when shots rang out at around 3 a.m., authorities told NBC New York.
Neighbors identified the child as Terrell, and told the New York Post that the two adults apparently panicked after the incident, sources said, leaving the blood-spattered crib. The child’s mother was not home at the time, the Post reported. The child wore a colostomy bag from a pit bull mauling several months ago, the Post reported.
“(His mother) had a pit bull and the dog attacked the baby,” neighbor Jay Nichols, 36, told the Post. “The dog bit him in the side. He had to wear a colostomy bag…He’s three years old. He shouldn’t have to live in these kind of conditions.”