A Texas baby shot in the chest earlier this month is slowly recovering, according to his mother.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lance Tello Jr., 19, is accused of shooting the infant, Armani Cazares, inside a residence on Five Forks Drive in San Antonio. The infant’s mother, Daisy Delacruz, 18, reportedly witnessed the incident.
Delacruz told News4SA that hours before the shooting, she was at Tello’s home after he had a stressful evening from working six straight days at the Maruchan Texas Inc. factory. He seemed fine after a while and she asked him to feed the baby.
Tello agreed but while holding Armani, his mood changed. He became irate, according to Delacruz, and left for a shower to cool off. Delacruz said Tello ignored her for hours, then suddenly looked at himself in the mirror before retrieving a gun from between a mattress.
“He just flipped,” Delacruz said. “He has no emotion in his face, he’s just looking at me with this evil look.”
Delacruz recounted Tello pointing the gun at her and eyeing her son.
“I’m telling him, ‘You’re not going to shoot my baby.’ But before I could push him away from me, the gun goes off. And then I’m deaf. And then I turn around and I see my son. My son is on the floor and he’s turning blue.”
Police said Tello then shot his mother and younger sister, 14. Both are expected to survive
Initially, doctors said the baby’s prognosis was bleak as he’s “practically brain dead.”
According to News4SA, baby Armani is making a recovery. at least from the gunshot wound. Doctors are hoping to see signs of brain activity after extreme oxygen loss.
Delacruz is now getting trained on how to take care of her son, in case he’s able to go home with her.
“Armani is a little fighter. The doctors also are amazed he’s even made it this far,” a GoFundMe page says. “We believe in miracles we believe God can breathe new life into Armani. We are not giving up.”
Tello is currently behind bars at the Bexar County Jail with a bond of $500,000. He faces three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and count of injury to a child.
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[Feature Photo: Armani Cazares/GoFundMe]