NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Eighteen-month-old Samayah Bailey not only survived being shot in the head, but is even holding a bottle by herself as she recovers in the hospital.

She lost her left eye and has had three surgeries after she was shot in her stroller on Wednesday.

Doctors said Samayah also had blood clots in her brain which were removed during surgery.

She’s still in critical condition but is expected to recover.

Damark King, 19, of Staten Island was arrested Thursday for, police said, firing Wednesday afternoon in an apartment complex playground and courtyard and hitting Bailey in the head.

“It’s heartbreaking. It’s a baby. It’s my niece,” said Samaya’s aunt, Christine Bailey.

The child’s stroller was cordoned off by crime scene tape and marks the location where, police say, Bailey was caught in the crossfire. Police said the stroller was stained with blood.

“It was a senseless shooting. An innocent baby got shot, being outside playing, on a nice day,” said Patricia Mahoney, Samaya’s grandmother.

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  1. Plutonian POS says:

    The next time Samayah sees this pos, it had better be a picture of him beamed from Pluto. What will it take to send this pos to the netherworlds of Space?

  2. Archie Bunker says:

    Put that wannabe punk “Damark” King in Rikers and throw away the key. Get another subhuman saggy pants off the street.


    Poor little baby has no idea what’s going on. Damark King must be punished severely.

  4. Harry says:

    WoW! God is definitely with this child for surviving such a blow to the head!

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