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Toddler shot during domestic dispute; suspect on run

Jenny Gomez heard someone jump the fence in front of her home, then was startled by a loud banging on the front door.

The next few moments were a jumble of noise, confusion and violence. When it ended Sunday morning, the only person injured was the one who didn’t take part in what turned into a wrestling match for a gun.

Gomez’s son Jayden, 3, was shot in the thigh.

On Monday he was recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center and is expected to be fine.

Now police want to find 20-year-old Ricardo Desravines. If they catch him, police said, charges will be filed.

“The little boy is not his child, but he has another one with the woman,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard. “We are looking for him.”

According to police and family members, Desravines somehow got the door open to the home in the 200 block of Northwest 82nd Street just as Gomez got there. Police said as Desravines got into a physical altercation with Gomez, her current boyfriend Justin Capers came over to help.

Desravines pulled out a weapon. He and Capers struggled for it.

Jayden was shot.

Desravines took off. Police said he is armed and considered dangerous.

“He could have been killed. He’s innocent. He doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Jayden’s grandfather Melvin Gomez told Miami Herald partner CBS4.

Melvin Gomez said Capers is Gomez’s current boyfriend. Police said Jayden is not Desravines’ son, but that he fathered another child with her, who is now 8 months old.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show Desravines has been in and out of trouble since since he was 16.

He was arrested twice by Miami-Dade police in 2010 for burlgary and grand theft. In June 2013 he was arrested for reckless driving. Two months later Miami police nabbed him for driving with a suspended license. In September of that same year he was arrested on that same charge by Miami police, and for fleeing and eluding a police officer.

Last May, Miami-Dade cops charged him with carrying a concealed firearm, dealing stolen property and marijuana possession. Records show Desravine was arrested for marijuana possession again last week.

In Miami-Dade County Circuit Court on Monday, a judge recommended Gomez’s two children be placed with her parents — their maternal grandparents — and that Gomez should be allowed supervised contact with the children. DCF has had prior contact with the family.

Far too often in South Florida, children have become unintended victims of gunfire.

In 2007, an 11-year-old Homestead boy was cut while trying to defend his mom from an ex-boyfriend who stabbed her 14 times. In 2010, a 9-year-old girl was killed when a man shot into a van driven by his ex-girlfriend.

In perhaps the most high-profile incident, 9-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins lost her life in 2006 when a stray bullet struck her as she sat on her Liberty Square porch playing with toys.

Anyone with information on Desravine’s whereabouts is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.