Man charged in connection with T&T toddler’s murder
• NEW YORK
Police in Brooklyn, New York, USA, have charged a 23-year-old man with the shooting death of a one-year-old toddler of Trinidadian parentage.
Police said the fatal bullet, from a .45-calibre handgun, was intended for the toddler’s father, Anthony Hennis, 22.
At his arraignment on Saturday, prosecutors in Brooklyn Supreme Court charged Daquan Breland, 23, with killing Antiq Hennis two Sundays ago.
He was also hit with weapons possession charges.
Judge Suzanne Mondo ordered that he be held without bail.
Prosecutors also charged another man with murder. It is alleged that Daquan Wright, 19, handed Breland the gun. He was ordered to be held on US$500,000 bail.
The men were charged one day after cops arrested them without a struggle inside a Pennsylvania apartment.
After a six-day manhunt, cops said they found them lying face-down on the floor of the apartment.
According to the police, Breland lived in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood as the toddler and his father.
Cops said Hennis, a member of the Crisps gang, has a long criminal rap sheet of 23 arrests, mainly for drugs and weapons possession.
A funeral service was held last Friday night for the toddler.
“I’m a super gangbanger, but I was always with my son,” Hennis told mourners.
Police said they are investigating whether the slaying was retaliation for a July 2012 drive-by shooting in which a half-dozen victims—including Wright’s brother, Craig—were wounded.