2-year-old Kaylen Torres was shot in the head in an accidental shooting.Toddler accidentally shot in the head2-year-old Kaylen Torres was shot in the head in an accidental shooting.
Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011
http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news...#ixzz1ht071zZEOCOEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition in Arnold Hospital after being shot in the head. Ocoee Police found out about the shooting when it was reported to them by Health Central Hospital in Marion County.
The shooting happened Monday afternoon around 3 p.m. at the home of the child. It turns out the toddler was shot when her cousin was moving the handgun to another area.
Police said the cousin wasn't in the same room as the child when the gun accidentally went off, but the bullet went through the wall and struck the child in the head. The child was originally taken to Health Central Hospital by family members, but was later transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital.
Toddler still alive after being shot
Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011
http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news...#ixzz1hszj8y5VORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - An Orlando Health spokeswoman says a central Florida toddler who was shot in the head when a gun discharged at her home remains in critical condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital. A police spokesperson on Tuesday reported that the girl had died.
Investigators say Kaylen Torres was playing with two of her relatives, also children, in a room next to the bedroom of her cousin, 21-year-old Christian Galarza-Rodriguez. Galarza-Rodriguez was handling the gun when it accidently discharged. The bullet traveled through a wall and struck Torres.
"He said he was moving it from the top of the dresser to a box in a drawer," said Detective Jim Berish with the Ocoee Police Department. "From what we gather, she (Torres) was sitting on a pillow on the other side of the wall."
Police say identification found on him showed him to be Christian Galarza-Rodriguez. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) was notified of the conflicting identity information.
Family Of Toddler Shot Not Ready To Give Up Hope
Dec 28 2011
Family Faced With Heartbreaking Decision
http://www.wesh.com/news/30086743/de...#ixzz1ht0kRfEqOCOEE, Fla. -- The family of a 2-year-old child faces a heartbreaking decision Wednesday, but they say they're not ready to give up hope after doctors said the child is brain dead.
Kaylen Torres is on life support following a tragic accident. She was shot in the head in an Ocoee home Monday.
Family members claim the hospital said there's no hope, but Kaylen's mother can't bring herself to remove the child from the machines keeping her alive.
Police said the toddler was shot by her cousin, 21-year-old Christian Galarza Rodriguez, who was in the next room when his gun accidentally went off.
The family is holding out hope that the two year old can recover.
"She was playful and had a lot of energy," family member Yvette Serrano said. "The hospital, they want to disconnect her from the machine and she told them 'No.' …We still think there's a chance."
Police said her cousin is under arrest, not for the shooting but for giving false information about his identity and possible illegal immigration status.
The bullet pierced through the drywall hitting Torres in the head. In the chaos, the family frantically rushed her to the hospital.
"It happened so fast. Everyone was yelling and screaming. We were running around looking for keys. It was awful," Serrano said.
Police said they believe the cousin's story about the shooting. What they can't figure out: who he really is and if he's illegally living here.
Mother fighting for 2-year-old accidentally shot in head
dec 28 2011
Family Of Toddler Hurt In Shooting Receives Miracle
Doctors Tell Kaylen Torres' Family There Is Sign Of Small Brain Activity
dec 28 2011
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45809233...ws-orlando_fl/Family members of a 2-year-old girl who was shot in the head said they are hoping they received the miracle they've been waiting for.
Police in Ocoee said Kaylen Torres was shot when an adult cousin was putting his .22-caliber handgun in a box Monday afternoon when it accidentally discharged, firing a bullet through a bedroom wall.
Relatives told WESH 2 that the hospital informed the girl's mother there is a sign of small activity and they will take new steps to keep the child alive.
The child's aunt said doctors told her they were sorry they made a mistake, and they're now making sure Kaylen is getting the medicine she needs.
A YouTube video of Torres, which family members gave WESH 2 News permission to show, shows the girl pulling her feet back as her feet are tickled.
"It's more than reflexes, like the doctors say," said the girl's aunt, Vanessa Sanchez.
"We feel good about it, but (the doctors) don't listen," said another aunt, Maria Torres.
The toddler is on life support, and family members said they do not want to take her off it.
"When the doctors saw she moved her leg all the way up, it kind of changed their thought," said Sanchez.
Sanchez said doctors told the girl's mother that the movements were responses.
Dr. Todd Husty, who provides medical analysis for WESH 2 News, says the family may be finding too much hope in the video. The movements are most likely not the result of any brain function, Husty said.
"It's called a withdrawal reflex. It's not really unusual in leg reflexes. It's like when you get hit by a hammer on your tendon and your leg jerks. You can't help it. It doesn't take a brain to help you do that. It's a spinal reflex," he said.
Husty said the video doesn't show any further reflexes. As to finances and recovery cost, Husty said that wouldn't factor into care.