• Fri, Mar 22 2013

1-Year-Old Senselessly Shot In The Head By Kids And I’m A Sobbing Mess

gunshotA 1-year-old little boy has been fatally shot in Brunswick, Georgia. And it is worth warning that the sheer senselessness of this crime was enough to reduce me to a sobbing mess for roughly 15 minutes. So it might not be the best story to delve into if you’re sitting around at work. Just an FYI.

Sherry West was talking a morning walk with her infant son in a stroller through her neighborhood. While likely cooing to her little one, she was approached by two young boys who were thought to be between the ages of 10 and 15. The boys demanded that West give them whatever money she had.

When West told them that she didn’t have any cash, the young boys open-fired on her and her son. According to the grieving mother, ”I put my arms over my baby and he shoves me, and then he shot my baby right in the head.” West was wounded and her son was killed.

This is the second story of an infant dying from random gun violence that we’ve seen in the last two weeks. Earlier in the month, a Chicago infant was murdered mid-diaper change when two men shot at a van parked at the side of a street. With that story as well, the brutality was almost too much for words.

In this tragic case in Georgia, there were young boys, still really children themselves, and they seemed to purposefully end an infant’s life. The horribleness of these actions is simply difficult to process. That these kids were so desperate for money and so careless with human life is a failure of parenting, a failure of the culture that these boys were brought up in.

(Photo: Karen McGaul/Shutterstock)

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  • Justme

    I saw the headline on Huffington Post and I didn’t even click because I knew it would make me sick. Quite frankly…I didn’t even read your article. News like that just sends me in a tailspin of heartache and anxiety.

    • LindsayCross

      Yea… tailspin has occurred. And I’m having a hard time breaking it today.

  • Lastango

    Ten and fifteen, eh. I’m reminded of a punk in Canada who, after murdering another teenager, was reported to have said that he “wanted to kill someone before he was 17 so that the most he could get was three years.”

    • Cee

      Oh my god! Is that for reals?Some kids are seriously desensitized and or very disturbed people. I’m so scared about what this kid can do once he’s out in three years. It’s sad that kids killing people is becoming something we need to get used to hearing.

  • Kelly

    This is my hometown. My heart, and the heart of everyone in our small, quiet little community, is broken. Words cannot even express how sad we are. I am shocked by the senselessness of this – the hatred, the disregard for life, and most especially, the PLACE it happened. It’s 3 blocks from where I grew up going to church, where my parents still go every Sunday. It’s a few blocks from the biggest high school in town (one of two.) It’s in the business district, amidst banks and antique stores and fire stations and old time barber shops. It is so very sad. It is going to cause a crisis in this community of epic proportions.