Alleged shooter regrets killing toddler
l NEW YORK
A 23-year-old man, accused of shooting to death a one-year-old toddler with a bullet intended for his Trinidadian-born father, now says he regrets the killing.
Police have charged Daquan Breland with the murder of Antiq Hannis while he was sitting in his stroller a week ago.
Police said the toddler’s father, Anthony Hennis, 22, a self-described “super gangbanger” and member of the Crips gang, is not assisting with their investigations.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, a remorseful Breland said he didn’t mean to kill the toddler, when he fired the bullet.
“I could never hurt a child. But I did. What does that make me,” Breland told the newspaper from the Rikers Island jail in Queens, New York.
“To slay a baby in a stroller, that’s an evil act. Now I have to live with it.”
Breland, who lived in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, not far from where Antiq lived, was arrested last Friday in Pennsylvania.
“Remorse doesn’t even describe what I feel. I feel a lot. I love kids. I wanted to be a father. Now, there’s no time.
“I think about my present, my past, my future. Would have changed things beginning in elementary school. I would have taken a different path.”
New York police say Breland was intending to kill Hennis when he shot Antiq with a .45-calibre handgun.
Police have charged him with second-degree murder.
“I never intended to kill someone. People see me as a cold-blooded killer. I’m not a baby killer, that’s not me. I could never do that to an innocent little baby. It’s not in my heart. I’m not an animal, I’m not a monster. I know how people see me. If something happens to me here, I understand,” he told the newspaper.
He also took time to extend condolences to the family of the toddler, saying: “I know they might not accept them, and I understand that.
“No parent should have to go through this. No mother or father should have to go through this. I’m hurting for them. —CMC