Baby fatally shot by 3-year-old brother, police say

The tragic deadly shooting happened at the hands of a 3-year-old boy in the same apartment.

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MYCAH HATFIELD: These are the headlines you never get desensitized to. One case is too many, and unfortunately in Harris County, we've seen so many more.

MARIA COSIGUA: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

MYCAH HATFIELD: He's dying. He's dying. What do you mean he's dying? He's my baby. He can't die.

Maria Cosigua lost her three-year-old son, Wilson, on New Year's Eve. She doesn't know how. All she knows is she left the toddler with her boyfriend, who police have now named a person of interest, while she went to work. When she came home, she says he was unconscious and died at the hospital.

MARIA COSIGUA: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

MYCAH HATFIELD: I want justice for my baby. Young children being injured or killed is happening far too often. Just on Friday, police say a nine-year-old girl was shot in the head during a road rage incident. And a mother and her boyfriend were charged for the death of a one-year-old girl, Fernanda Morales.

- Doctors observed fractured ribs, a lacerated liver, numerous bruising on the complainant's abdomen, chest, and head.

MYCAH HATFIELD: From the beginning of 2019 until now, the Harris County medical examiner's office reports 42 homicides with victims 12 or younger. We report on those. But Dwilene Lindsey with Children for Tomorrow says there are so many other children suffering in silence.

DWILENE LINDSEY: Some of them don't even realize that this is not something normal. They've been doing-- their parents have been doing it since they were newborns.

MYCAH HATFIELD: Children for Tomorrow deals mostly with emotional abuse, but she says that is at the top of the pyramid. Before the pandemic, Lindsey says they would get a couple of calls every week or two. Now she says she's getting several a day. And the effects the abuse has on children is long lasting.

DWILENE LINDSEY: Alcohol, drugs, promiscuality, they-- we'll see a lot of kids in jail. A lot of times they can't form relationships.

MYCAH HATFIELD: Mycah Hatfield, ABC 13 Eyewitness News.