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Ohio Grandmother Shot Her 6-Month-Old Grandchild in Head in ‘Disgusting, Vile Criminal Act,' Sheriff Says

Ohio Grandmother Accused of Shooting 6-Month-Old Grandchild
Source: Butler County Jail; Unsplash

Mia Harris allegedly knocked down bedroom door and then shot her 6-month-old grandchild in the face, authorities said.

Dec. 17 2023, Published 2:17 p.m. ET

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A grandmother in Ohio has been arrested after she allegedly shot her 6-month-old grandchild in the head at close range, according to authorities.

Around 2 a.m. on Dec. 9, deputies responded to a residence in Liberty Township in reference to the shooting, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

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At the scene, officers found the newborn victim with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. The baby was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

According to witnesses, the shooter allegedly was the victim’s grandmother, 43-year-old Mia Harris.

Harris reportedly fled the scene before deputies arrived, but they found her shortly after and she was taken into custody without incident, officials said.

Investigators determined Harris allegedly shot at other family members before shooting her own grandchild.

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During a fight with other relatives, Harris “knowingly caused serious physical harm” to the baby “by breaking down a locked bedroom door after firing a handgun through it multiple times,” according to court documents obtained by WXIX-TV.

Harris allegedly tried to shoot the victim’s mother in the head, but missed, court records show.

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She then allegedly shot the baby in one eye as the victim was lying on the bed. Harris also reportedly punched another person in the face, police said.

Harris was booked into the Butler County Jail and charged with three counts of felonious assault. She was being held on a $1.5 million bond.

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The victim reportedly has undergone two surgeries and remains in critical condition, WXIX reported.

The incident was “one of the most disgusting, vile criminal acts I’ve ever seen, shooting a 6-month-old baby," Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said, according to WXIX. He added: "What makes it even worse is this is the baby’s grandmother. The baby is hanging on to life as we speak.”

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