The mother of 2-year-old Mikhy Robinson was awakened by the sound of a gunshot in her Newark apartment.
A moment later, she found her boyfriend, Wakir Bryant, and her fatally wounded child both covered in blood, a person familiar with the Friday morning shooting said Saturday. Bryant was repeating the haunting words "I’m so sorry."
Those were the final stark moments of Mikhy’s short life, the source said of what officials have called the "senseless" death of the adored 2-year-old. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Authorities are now looking for answers after Bryant, 27, was found and arrested late Friday night. He had been sought in connection with the boy’s death after he dropped Mikhy and his mother off at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and left the scene.
The child’s mother — whom police have yet to name publicly — is still being questioned. Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said the mother told police she had seen the gun in the home before.
Outside Mikhy’s apartment on St. James Place in the city’s South Ward, friends continued to drop off stuffed animals and other items for a memorial to the boy. Dozens of messages were addressed to "Mekhi" on a large piece of blue construction paper near the door of the child’s home.
Authorities and relatives on Facebook have spelled his name Mikhy.
When told of Bryant’s arrest, Butler said of Mikhy: "He’ll have justice now, but it won’t bring him back."
Bryant, who Ambrose said is not Mikhy’s father, had been a "person of interest" from the beginning of the investigation.
According to state and county records, Bryant has been in and out of jail and prison since 2004 on charges including unlawful possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, aggravated assault with a firearm and drug distribution. He also served 14 months at Mid-State Correctional Facility for distributing drugs on school property before being released on parole June 1.