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Suspect In Brooklyn Toddler’s Death Calls Shooting ‘Evil Act’

Daquan Breland Charged With Second-Degree Murder
Daquan Breland

Daquan Breland (credit: New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The man accused of shooting a toddler to death in his stroller on a Brooklyn street said it was an “evil act” he has to live with.

Daquan Breland told the Daily News that “remorseful doesn’t even describe what I feel.” He spoke to the paper at Rikers Island.

Breland was arrested Friday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on the same day the toddler, Antiq Hennis, was buried. He’s charged with second-degree murder.

Antiq Hennis (handout)

Antiq Hennis (handout)

The 23-year-old suspect said he is not a baby killer. He said “I could never do that to an innocent little baby. It’s not in my heart.”

He offered his condolences to Antiq’s family.

Authorities said the boy’s father, Anthony Hennis, was pushing him in a stroller while crossing a street in Brownsville when four shots were fired. The child was struck on the left side of his face and pronounced dead at a hospital.

A second suspect in the case, 19-year-old Daquan Wright, is set to be arraigned Monday.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the motive for the shooting is still unclear and the boy’s father was not cooperating with the investigation.

“One eyewitness to the tragic shooting on Sunday has ID’d Daquan Breland as the shooter and told police that Daquan Wright handed the gun to Breland, who then pulled the trigger,” Kelly said Friday.

Breland has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

On Friday evening, hundreds attended a funeral for Antiq held at the Grace Funeral Chapel in Ozone Park in Queens.

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