A mother of four is in critical condition after she was shot twice in the back at her home earlier this week. Her 1-year-old daughter was also wounded in the shooting, shot once in the stomach, and is in stable condition at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The 33-year-old woman’s boyfriend told police that he had stepped out of the apartment for 10 minutes just before 2 a.m. Thursday morning and found his girlfriend and the baby wounded when he returned.
But on Friday, Philadelphia police arrested the boyfriend — Desmond Bruson, 34 — and charged him with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, false reports, and other related offenses, WPVI reported.
Police said the woman’s other three children were inside the home at the time of the shooting but weren’t hurt. The 1-year-old who was shot is the youngest child, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, and the oldest is 11.
Neighbors said they were shocked.
“I had actually gone over there to talk to them because we were going to all go out and take them out because they’re really nice people,” said Gloria Fleming, who lives next door to the family.
Police have not said if Bruson is the father of any of the children.
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[Featured image: Desmond Bruson/Philadelphia Police Department]