Little Ballerina, 5, Shot By Stray Bullet in NYC — So Sad

Mon, November 26, 2012 10:27am EST by 3 Comments
Hailey Domingues Shot Bronx
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Hailey Dominguez is in a medically-induced coma after being hit in the lungs by a stray bullet in the early morning of Nov. 25 near her family’s Bronx apartment.

A little girl was walking home from a baby shower with her family early in the morning on Nov. 25, when a stray bullet struck her in the stomach and pierced her lungs. Hailey Dominguez, 5, is in stable condition, but remains in a coma.

According to police, Hailey was shot just outside of her family’s apartment around 1 a.m. on Nov. 25, although authorities don’t believe she or her family were the target.

Hailey, her mom, and 8-year-old brother had just stepped out of a cab they took home from a friend’s baby shower when shots went off, the New York Daily News is reporting.

The bullet passed through her stomach and pierced her lung. She was rushed to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital, and then later transferred to Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in Washington Heights. Although she is in a coma, her condition is stable.

“She was dancing at the party. She had a little dress on,” Edwin Roman, Hailey’s mom’s boyfriend, told the New York Daily News. “She likes to dance — she’s a little ballerina.”

“I don’t know why this happened,” Hailey’s father, Jonathan Dominguez said. “She’s going to be okay — thank God.”

Angel Morales, 18, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting.

Such a tragedy. We hope Hailey makes a speedy recovery. What do YOU think of this tragic case HollyMoms?

— Christina Stiehl

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