- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2016

A demonstrator’s 1-month-old baby girl is dead after an officer desperately tried to save her life during a police shooting protest Saturday in Baltimore.

Police said in a news release that the baby’s mother was one of about 30 people who were protesting at the scene of Friday’s police-involved shooting of a knife-wielding man, who remains in critical condition.

According to witnesses, the mother took a break from protesting to feed her baby inside the Mamma Lucia’s pizza shop at East 33rd Street and Greenmount Avenue, the New York Daily News reported. Seconds later, she told a customer that her little girl had stopped breathing, according to a witnesses.

“The baby started turning blue in the face, mouth open wide,” Shawn Batson told the Daily News. “She was just too distraught to say anything, she could only say ‘Somebody, please help my baby.’ “

Police said people approached an officer and told him a baby girl was not breathing inside the restaurant. Maj. Richard Gibson then performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The baby was declared dead at a nearby hospital.

A Facebook live video showed paramedics carrying the baby, wrapped in a pink blanket, out of the restaurant. A visibly upset Maj. Gibson was seen standing outside the restaurant when the person recording the video, activist Duane “Shorty” Davis, shook his hand and thanked him, the Daily News reported.

“I appreciate you,” Mr. Davis told the officer.

“Ya’ll know that me and him have our words,” he told viewers. “He did what he had to do for real. He didn’t hesitate. He did what needed to be done.”

Police said it’s unknown whether existing medical conditions contributed to the infant’s death. The child’s mother has not been identified.

“An exact cause and manner will be determined by the medical examiner or baby’s doctor,” the news release said. “The officers who attempted to resuscitate the infant will be provided with counseling services.”



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