Police Arrest Suspect in Northwest Ohio Shooting Death of 7-month old Baby Girl

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TOLEDO, Ohio − Toledo Police arrested 22-year-old Jadaih Carter of Toledo Wednesday and charged him with the murder of 7-month-old Desire Hughes.

“Court documents show that Carter admitted to the shooting in an interview with police,” an article from local CBS affiliate WTOL states.

In a press release, police say the incident occurred on April 27 while Desire was in a vehicle driven by her father, Jeremiah Hughes. Occupants of another vehicle fired shots into the car, striking Desire and grazing her father.

According to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office, Desire was shot in the chest and subsequently died from her injuries.

“I don’t have any understanding about it to know that babies are dying at the hands of guns,” said Carla Glover, a relative of the baby girl. “And it’s not guns. It’s the people behind the guns that’s killing our babies.”

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz attributes the incident to drug or gang-related violence. He told The Toledo Blade,  “No one pulls up to a car and shoots into another car randomly.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, gang homicides account for 80% of non-suicide gun-related deaths.

Desire Hughes is one of three local children shot and killed in the community in the last two months. 10-year-old Damia Ezell was shot on February 12, and 16-year-old Neiko McIntyre was shot and killed in the early morning hours of April 30, just days after Desire’s murder.

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