The mother of the young girl shot in a Liberty City apartment was charged with a litany of crimes after police discovered the home was roach-infested and after she admitted that she used and sold heroin out of the home, police said Wednesday.
A day earlier, her boyfriend, Jonathan Craig, 40, was charged with shooting the 5-year-old after becoming paranoid about people milling about outside the home with weapons, and later firing his handgun and striking the child in the back while she was asleep in the living room.
Miami police on Wednesday said when they entered the home they observed “a severe infestation of roaches” in the kitchen, bathroom, closets, living room and on the futon where the woman’s three children sleep.
Tralliney Shondrea Coleman, 43, was charged with child neglect with no great bodily harm, illegal drug trafficking, not securing a firearm from minors, and lying to police. Her bond was set at $66,500.
Police said her daughter, who hasn’t been named, was recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was shot in the back, and the bullet exited through her abdomen.
Police said they were called to the home at Northwest 66th Street and 12th Avenue just before 3 a.m. Tuesday after the child was shot. When they arrived, police were initially told the child was struck during a drive-by shooting.
Craig was quickly detained and questioned for several hours.
According to Craig’s arrest report, at around 1 a.m. he began saying there were “armed men outside walking around the building.” He then repeatedly chambered his gun in front of his girlfriend and her children, police said.
The three children eventually went to sleep on the futon. Then, polcie said, Craig went into the bedroom with the gun. Two hours later the gun went off. Police said the little girl’s sister woke up to Craig “standing over her siblings, stating ‘Oh no, damn, damn.’ “
“The mother stated that she was awakened by the sound of a gunshot and the defendant running into her bedroom with a black and brown handgun in his hand,” an officer wrote in the report. When police arrived they found the injured child in her mother’s arms outside the apartment.
Police said Craig took off, but returned a short time later to find the mother of the child screaming, “You did this.” A bullet casing from a black Bersa .380 caliber handgun was found near the futon, police said. The gun was found in plain view on a television stand near a clear plastic bag containing heroin, police said.
On Wednesday police said Coleman, the mother of the children, “stated that she and the defendant both use and that he sells drugs from her home.”
Craig also remained jailed Wednesday. He was denied bond.
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