11-month-old baby grazed by bullet while sleeping in his crib

Published: Apr. 13, 2018 at 4:25 PM EDT
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An 11-month-old baby was grazed by a bullet while sleeping in his crib.

It happened Thursday night shortly before 8:30 p.m. at the Cedar Glen Apartments in South Bend.

The child lives in a second floor flat. The .45 caliber bullet came flying through the ceiling from a third floor apartment.

The child was visibly injured on his upper left leg. The bullet did not break the skin but it did graze the skin, damaging the first two layers of skin, according to his dad.

“My son was in his room right in his crib sleeping while we were watching TV. We heard this loud popping noise like a gunshot. Blast,” said Sam Henderson, the child’s father. “He was crying. I picked him up, there was no blood, there was no bullet wound or nothing, but I noticed there was plaster on the bed, from the ceiling and I looked I see the smoking bullet hole just hot.”

Leaving the baby in the safety of his mother’s arms, Sam went to talk to the tenant upstairs. “First, one, he told me that he was asleep when it happened. It didn't make sense so he finally said that he was cleaning his gun and the gun went off” Sam recalled. "I don't really have a problem with people having guns, long as they know what they're doing and being cautious. At the same time, it was like we live in an apartment. There's more than just you around, you have people side of you, left to right, and you got people that are below you. Should be more cautious, and yet he had children in his house."

Police did not identify the tenant upstairs but said he was ticketed for discharging a firearm in the city limits and for possession of a small amount of marijuana.