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Boy Shot in Face Tells Family: “I Look Like a Monster”

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Eight-year-old boy who was shot in the face tells his family not to let other kids see him: “I Look Like a Monster”


Last month we reported about 8-year old Donald Maiden Jr who was shot by a neighbour in the face around his jaw and taken to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Young Donald, has been in a Dallas hospital for the last month after being shot in the face just days after turning eight years old. The boy’s grandmother says he’s recovering. Life may never be the same for an 8-year-old who was shot in the face a month ago. D.J. Maiden has been in the hospital since the Sept. 3 shooting. His grandmother, Sharon Locklin, said he may never regain feeling in his jaw.

“He don’t want the kids to look at his face. He says, ‘I look like a monster, granny.’ I’m like, ‘No, you don’t,'” said his grandmother, Sharon Locklin.

After being at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Maiden is now being treated at Baylor Medical Center. In a few weeks, he will undergo another surgery. Police have not revealed what the motive for the shooting may have been. Maiden was shot at his apartment complex just days after he turned 8.

“He told his mom, ‘If that man hadn’t done this to me, I wouldn’t be here in the hospital’. He hates the hospital.'” Ms Locklin said.

Maiden’s mother has been at his bedside since the shooting. His siblings at home have been terrified.

“He have a 4-year-old brother; every time somebody knocks on the door, he runs to the back of the house. He’s afraid,” she said.

Brian Cloninger, 46, is accused of shooting the boy. He is being held on a felony injury to a child charge. Ms Locklin, backed by community activists, is calling for attempted murder charges.

“We don’t want him to be on the streets. No matter what charges is, we want him to stay in,” she said.

Donald hopes to be home by the end of October. He’s speaking through a traic and doing some schoolwork while at the hospital.

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that the serious bodily injury to a child charge is a first-degree felony that has a tougher sentence five to 99 years or life in prison than an attempted murder charge, which is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.donald-maiden-jr

“The prosecutors go for the appropriate punishment to keep a dangerous criminal off the streets. We go for stiffer punishment, especially when a kid is involved,” the DA’s office said.

Cloninger has a bond reduction hearing scheduled for Oct. 10.

Dallas police were on hand for a family news conference on Wednesday. Police Chief David Brown met with the family.

“I just want to reassure them that everything the Dallas Police Department and city of Dallas can do in order to affect and follow up on this case, we will do,” Sgt. Keitric Jones said.

The family has set up an account at 1st Convenient Bank in hopes of getting donations to help with medical expenses.

Co/”Sharon Locklin for Donald Maiden, Jr.”

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  • Mixed Chick

    This is so sad. Children have it hard more so now that when I was a child. This kid has to grow up with the possibility of being disfigured for life, all because some random fool shot him in the face. I pray the surgeons are able to give him some normalcy.

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