A 5-year-old girl was shot and badly injured early Tuesday morning after her mother’s boyfriend said he was worried about people with guns outside their Liberty City apartment, paced around with his gun and then shot the child two hours later while she was asleep, police said.
Inside the home police said they found the weapon on a television stand next to 11 grams of heroin. The young girl, who was shot in the back, was found in her mother’s arms and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Late Tuesday, police said she was in stable condition.
The man, 40-year-old Jonathan Craig, had been in a three-year relationship with the child’s mother, police said. Craig faces charges including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated child abuse, drug trafficking and unsafe firearm storage.
He was being held Tuesday night in Miami-Dade’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center with no bond.
When the mother of the child told Craig that he shot her daughter, he responded, according to an arrest report: “I f----- up.”
Just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, police received a call that a 5-year-old child was shot inside a two-story apartment building at Northwest 12th Avenue and 66th Street.
Initially, the shooting was reported as a drive-by. Police, however, said there were no scattered bullet casings or other evidence pointing to a drive-by.
They began interviewing family members. Police said early on they had someone they were questioning.
According to an arrest report, at around 1 a.m. Craig started making comments that 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.
Scared and nervous about the gun, the child and her two siblings fell asleep on a futon in the living room. Craig went into the children’s mother’s bedroom with the gun, according to the report.
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Two hours later the gun went off.
The victim’s sister woke up to the sound of a gunshot. Police said the girl 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.
At some point, Craig, who police say has 10 felony convictions on his record, took off. He came back a short time later to find the mother of the child screaming, “You did this,” according to the report.
A casing was found near the futon, police said.
The gun was found in plain view near a clear plastic bag containing heroin, police said.
“The defendant’s actions put all three victims at risk of great bodily injury,” an officer wrote in the report.