3-Year-Old Brooklyn Boy Shot in Head, Man in Custody

By Jess Wisloski | August 24, 2013 10:29am | Updated on August 24, 2013 4:38pm
 A boy was shot at 520 E. 21st St. in Brooklyn on August 24.
A boy was shot at 520 E. 21st St. in Brooklyn on August 24.
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FLATBUSH — A 3-year-old boy was shot in the head on Saturday morning, and police had a 22-year-old man in custody for the nearly fatal attack, police said.

The child victim, who was reportedly with a babysitter in his family's second-floor apartment on East 21st Street, was shot in the head around 3:30 a.m., after an argument broke out.

The horrific injury happened just months after he was attacked by a pit bull owned by his mother's boyfriend, the NY Daily News reported.

Neighbors gave the newspaper a litany of reasons why the little boy's mother should not have been trusted with the child's custody, including the recent dog bite, her frequent absences, and a tumble he took down the building's stairwell, the paper wrote.

"...they should have taken him away," Jacinth Fleming, a family friend, told the News, speaking about social services. "He's not safe. He (the baby) has overcome a lot. Everybody's been saying her ass needs to be punished."

The boy was rushed to Kings County Hospital in critical condition, but was later transferred and in critical but stable at Weill-Cornell Medical Center late Saturday morning, police said.

The NYPD did not immediately if the man in custody was related to the little boy, police said.

An investigation was ongoing.