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CLAYMONT, Del. (WPVI) — A young child was shot in Claymont, Delaware Tuesday
morning, and the incident appears to be the result of a terrible accident.
Police and paramedics were called out around 10:00 a.m. to the unit block of Cliffside
Court in the Valley Run Community for the report of a shooting.
Neighbors say they heard a woman screaming and crying outside the townhouse.
Police arrived moments later, followed by an ambulance.
Sources tell Action News that a 2-year-old boy was playing with a gun when the wea-
pon accidentally discharged, hitting him in the head.
Paramedics performed CPR at the scene before the child was flown to A.I. duPont
Hospital for Children, where he remains in critical condition.
Police say the boy and his mother were alone in the house when the incident
occurred. However, detectives are interviewing the boy’s brother.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that the gun belongs to someone in the
home, but police have not released other details.
Now investigators are trying to determine how the child got his hands on it.
At this point the police are not revealing the child’s name or the names of his
The 8-year-old daughter of a Newark, Delaware city councilman had multiple surgeries, including one to reattach her right arm, following an attack by the family’s pet pit bull Saturday afternoon.
After spending several days fighting to recover from multiple dog bites that critically injured her Saturday, Emily Ruckle’s first words to her family were, “I want to leave,” according to the Facebook page of her mother, Maria McGuinness Ruckle.
Emily is one of McGuinness Ruckle’s and husband, Todd Ruckle’s four children. Her father was elected to his first-term as councilman in April 2014, according to the city’s website.
“The doctor told us this was the worse dog [attack] she has ever seen and this is her specialty,” McGuinness Ruckle wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.
The 8-year-old girl was at her Adelene Drive home with her 15-year-old sister around 1 p.m. Saturday when the family’s pet pit bull viciously attacked the younger child, police said.
The aggressive dog initially prevented the siblings from leaving the room where the attack occurred, but the teenager was able eventually to carry her hurt sister past the pit bull, authorities said.
“She also helped control her sister’s bleeding until help arrived,” Police Sgt. Michael A. McColley, a spokesman for New Castle County EMS, told the NewarkPostOnline.Com.
The dog’s behavior continued to prevent medics from treating Emily at the scene, which led Newark police to shoot and kill the pet, according to officials.
The critically injured child was airlifted Saturday to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she is still recovering Tuesday.
When reached by phone, the councilman declined to comment on his daughter’s condition.
“I’m just focusing on my daughter right now,” he said.
crossing the street with her eight-year-old son, was struck and killed by a
It happened at 7 p.m. Friday at 15th Street and Washington Avenue in
The mother has been identified by family members as 29-year-old Sheena
“You don’t want to see your child leave this earth before you and when it’s
the other way around it’s just terrible,” says Ronald DeJesus – the victim’s
Capt. Anthony Ginaldi says the child was taken to Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia for treatment of cuts, scrapes and a possible concussion. He
says the little boy tried to save his mother:
“He was trying to render aid to his mother and he was sitting there with his
mother when they got here.”
DeJesus says telling his grandson that his mother couldn’t be saved was one
of the hardest things he’s ever had to do.
Capt. Anthony Ginaldi says based on video from a camera in the bus, it was
making a left turn from 15th Street onto Washington Avenue when the mother
and child crossed in front, and she was struck and dragged under the bus.
As the community where White lived continues to grieve, DeJesus says there’s
lots of questions:
“I know that they’re doing their investigation. She had my grandson with her
so I know she was suing precaution.”
There were no passengers aboard at the time.
Police are conducting a full investigation.