Suspect charged in death of 1-year-old Brooklyn boy

September 7, 2013 8:50:33 PM PDT
A suspect has been charged in the death of a 1-year old boy in Brooklyn, who was shot in his stroller last weekend.

23-year-old Daquan Breland and 19-year-old Daquan Wright are both charged with criminal possession of a weapon. However, Breland is charged with murder, and is accused of putting the deadly .45 caliber bullet into one-year-old Antiq Hennis.

"I haven't prosecuted a case like this, I can tell you that," said Assistant District Attorney Howard Jackson.

In court, the assistant District Attorney did not go into the facts of the case, but said one person pointed out Breland in a lineup as the shooter in the Sunday night shooting in Brownsville.

Police say the child's father, Anthony Hennis was the target. Police also say that Anthony is still uncooperative with authorities.

Breland did not say one single word in court on Saturday. When the Assistant District Attorney asked that he be remanded without bail, Breland's attorney made no attempt to fight it.

Breland and 19-year old Daquan Wright were arrested in northeastern Pennsylvania Friday, waived extradition at a hearing and were taken back to New York. Police say Wright handed the gun to Breland.

Wright has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Ballistics shows the gun used had been used in previous shootings.

Authorities say Breland was arrested in 2009 for a shooting in Auburn, New York that left one man injured.

Anthony Hennis is a reported gang member with 20 prior arrests.

The shooting happened at the Marcus Garvey complex in Brownsville.

Meanwhile, family and friends gathered Friday night for the funeral for 16-month-old Antiq Hennis.

"There's no reason why he shouldn't be here, didn't give him a chance to live. Give him a chance! He's one years old. And look, now he's gone. Life cut short in an instant," a family member said.

Brooklyn detectives tracked the two suspects down in an apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre.

Police say the pair were really targeting Antiq's father, Anthony Hennis, but missed. The bullet passed through the stroller he was pushing and hit his son in the face.

"It was a coward move and it just is what it is. They deserve anything they get behind it. Bottom line," said Percy Gravenheise, the victim's uncle.

There is anger at the two suspects, and at the baby's father, who himself refused to cooperate with detectives.

Police haven't said why he would have been targeted.

But as the investigation has continued, this was a night of grief and a night of disbelief.

"It's little boys playing with guns. Nothing less. Little boys playing with guns that want to be men. They're not men. They're little boys. Men don't shoot babies. And may they rot in hell," said Yvette Telfiar-Clay, a family friend.

Antiq's great grandmother described him as being joyous, loving to hug and kiss his parents and having a fondness for French fries.