By EARYEL BOWLEG
THE mother of the two-year-old girl shot in Eleuthera on Saturday night believes the gunmen were after a man who lived nearby and not her mother’s house.
The toddler, Da’Nyla Roberts, was sitting on the porch in her grandmother’s arms when she was shot in her abdomen shortly before 10pm. The incident took place on Baby Johnson Lane in Hatchet Bay.
The child’s mother Dwainelle Guillaume, 23, said the ordeal has been understandably tough for her family. Da’Nyla is in critical condition after being airlifted into New Providence and her family has appealed for O+ blood donations. Despite still having a bullet lodged in her, Ms Guilleume said Da’Nyla appeared in “high spirits” during her last hospital visit.
“The last time I saw her she was up,” Ms Guillaume said. “She was in and out of consciousness but she was talking. She was saying her colours. She wanted her phone to watch YouTube. During all this, having the bullet still in her, she was still in high spirits.”
The two-year-old suffered internal organ damage to her lung, her spleen, her kidney, her liver and bowels.
“I didn’t know where to put myself,” Ms Guillaume said, recalling her emotions when she learned her young daughter had been shot.
To make matters worse, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Ms Guillaume and the child’s father are not allowed to spend as much time with Da’Nyla as they would like.
“Well, it’s really tough on me because I can’t see her,” her mother said. “I can’t hold her. I can’t talk to her. I can’t comfort her. I can’t tell it’s going to be alright and it’s really tough on the family.”
Police said on Sunday that two male suspects were arrested and are assisting with the investigation. Although there is no known motive behind the shooting or if the men knew the family, Ms Guillaume believes the gunmen were after a man who lives nearby and not her mother’s house.
She remembered: “The stories that I’m hearing is that they were targeting a guy who was through the corner of the residence not my mother’s residence. So they had an altercation somewhere else and they saw the guys through the corner and they were targeting the guy.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up appealing for donations for the child’s medical care. To make a donation, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/donations-for-danyla-roberts
Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call police at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.