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12-17-07, 08:23 PM #1
Child shot protecting mom hailed a hero
Child shot protecting mom hailed a hero
By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer
Mon Dec 17, 4:17 PM ET
As the gunman was about to open fire, 7-year-old Alexis Goggins lunged from the back seat of the SUV and threw herself across her mom, crying, "Don't hurt my mother!"
Six bullets from the 9 mm handgun slammed into Alexis, one piercing her right eye. Two slugs hit her mother.
Alexis' mother pulled through. But two weeks later, Alexis lies in critical condition, blind in one eye. And to her classmates and many people in this city so depressingly familiar with violence, the little girl is a hero.
"She was trying to save me," her mother, Seliethia Parker, 30, told The Associated Press on Monday. "My baby is just an angel to her mother. I thought as the mother, I'd be saving my child. I never thought my daughter would be saving me."
Alexis has undergone three operations since the shooting, and her mother sits by her bedside at Children's Hospital of Michigan.
As for the mother, she was seriously wounded, with one slug grazing her head and the other entering her chest and stopping just short of an artery. But she was released from the hospital just a few days later.
Parker's former boyfriend, Calvin Tillie, a 29-year-old ex-convict on parole, was arrested in the shooting and charged with two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, along with other offenses. He could get life in prison.
Alexis is learning-disabled and lags behind other youngsters her age. As a result, police say it may never be known whether Alexis meant to shield her mother from the bullets with her body. But Parker said that if her daughter hadn't put herself in between, "I really don't know. We might have been dead."
Parker said she met Tillie earlier this year and called off the relationship after three months, but he had other ideas. "He was harassing me," she said. "He would constantly call my house, popping up in the middle of the night."
Shortly after midnight on Dec. 2, police say, Alexis and her mother climbed into their friend Aisha Ford's vehicle for a late night birthday get-together for Ford's mother. The girl got into the back seat, and her mother took the front passenger seat.
Tillie, who had been standing outside the house in the shadows despite the cold, jumped into the back of the SUV, next to Alexis, and forced Ford to drive at gunpoint for several harrowing minutes until the woman convinced him she needed to stop for gas, according to an account the women gave police.
Ford told police she tried to stall for time while pumping gas. As she and the station attendant called 911, several shots erupted from inside the vehicle. Police say the girl had jumped toward her mother in the front seat.
Parker bolted from the SUV, screaming. Officers found Alexis curled beneath the steering wheel in a pool of blood. Tillie was arrested at the scene.
His attorney, Kim Basen Michon, asked for a psychological evaluation for Tillie. The lawyer was on vacation and could not be reached for comment Monday.
In addition to losing her right eye, Alexis was shot in the chin and jaw. Several days after the shooting, the little girl, her face horribly swollen and wrapped in bandages, stirred and squeezed her mother's hand.
"She is doing much better," Parker said. "She opened up one eye. Everything seems to be going great."
In Alexis' special education classroom at Campbell Elementary School, her classmates have named a stuffed toy with pink ears "Hero."
"We didn't want Alexis' spot to be vacant, so she's got a sweet bear to sit in her place until she comes back," said her teacher, Angela Lang.
Alexis suffered a stroke before age 1 and has epilepsy. Her teacher showed off a journal revealing strides Alexis had made in writing over the past few months. What started as an illegible series of lines had evolved into distinct letters: A, L and E.
"I know she can do it. There's no stopping Alexis," said her mother's cousin, Tonya Blockett-Colbert. "It may take her a little longer now because of this. But she is a fighter."
12-17-07, 09:05 PM #2ex-convict on parole
Prayers to the little girl.It's better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
12-18-07, 01:52 AM #3
Poor, brave kiddo.
I hope the shitbag who did this to her rots to death from the inside.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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"...but to forget your duck, of course, means you're really screwed." - Gary Larson
12-18-07, 02:52 AM #4
I got something in my eye again.
I feel nothing but rage towards the shitbag that shot her, and the mother for putting her in that situation to begin with.
I'd give everything I own to have just 10 minutes alone with that POS, along with a stick and impunity."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
12-18-07, 04:51 AM #5
That piece of shit deliberately shot a 7 year old girl. He deserves to die."The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly."
"The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer. "
“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.”
12-18-07, 04:55 AM #6
Wow I just don't know how anyone could do this to a Child. I hope that POS gets fried!!!!!
12-18-07, 10:30 AM #7Six bullets from the 9 mm handgun slammed into Alexis, one piercing her right eye. Two slugs hit her mother.
Alexis' mother pulled through. But two weeks later, Alexis lies in critical condition, blind in one eye.
He fired at least six times, which meant that he continued to fire after the child dove into the fray. He cared not whom he killed, only that his victims died. That much is obvious.
Calvin Tillie, a 29-year-old ex-convict on parole...
When will the safety of our society and the furtherance of justice again be precious enough to require nothing less than incarceration without court-sanctioned reprieve?
When will we hold life itself as more valuable than the "rights" of the offender?
When will we see victims (both past and potential) protected by our criminal justice system?
Could this have happened without a criminal justice system that constantly releases violent predators to strike again?
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly. - Lovelace
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12-18-07, 05:14 PM #8A monday morning lunatic, disturbed from time to time. Temporary catatonic madman on occasion..
Lightning crashes a new mother cries, her placenta falls to the floor. The angel opens her eyes,the confusion sets in before the doctor can even close the door..
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02-20-08, 06:55 PM #9
I saw a follow-up to this incident, just thought I'd share.
'Hero' girl recovering after shooting
By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer 44 minutes ago
Alexis Goggins climbed aboard a special tricycle and maneuvered through hospital hallways, beginning the months of physical therapy she needs to recover from six gunshot wounds. To many people, the soft-spoken 7-year-old is a hero after she threw herself across her mother just as a gunman was about to shoot the woman in an SUV.
"An angel is what I call her," Seliethia Parker said of her daughter.
After more than two months in the hospital and six surgeries, Alexis was recently released. She returns twice a week for physical therapy.
The young girl bears several scars from the Dec. 2 shooting, including a long, thin surgical line stretching from one side of her hairline to the other. Her right eye, which was blinded in the attack, has also been removed.
During rehabilitation, she rides a tricycle designed to be pedaled with a person's hands and plays hand-eye coordination games.
"I'll be good for therapy," Alexis promised her mother before bounding back to the games.
Alexis speaks little about the shooting.
"She remembers bits and pieces, but she's not really talking about it much. It's like she's blocking it out or something," said Parker, 30.
The mother and daughter were getting a ride from a friend when Parker's former boyfriend emerged from the shadows outside Parker's house and jumped into the vehicle. He then forced the friend to drive at gunpoint for several minutes.
Under the pretense of needing fuel, Parker's friend stopped at a Detroit gas station to call 911.
Inside the SUV, Parker pleaded with the gunman not to shoot. As he was about to open fire, Alexis cried, "Don't hurt my mother!" and jumped into her mother's arms from the back seat.
Despite her daughter's efforts, Parker was shot twice.
Alexis is learning-disabled and lags behind other youngsters her age. As a result, police say, it may never be known whether Alexis meant to shield her mother from the bullets. But Parker has said that if her daughter had not put herself in between she might have been killed.
Calvin Tillie, a 29-year-old former convict on parole, is charged with two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, along with other offenses. Parker said she met Tillie last year but called off the relationship after three months.
The Associated Press left messages with his court-appointed attorney, Kim Basen Michon.
Since the attack, Alexis and her family have received more than 200 letters from well-wishers, some from as far away as London. Supporters have also contributed $30,000 to a fund set up for Alexis through her school.
In addition to the physical therapy, she also meets with a teacher assigned to the hospital until she's ready to return to school. And in the coming weeks, she will be fitted with an artificial eye.
Parker says her daughter is a living miracle.
"I'm thanking God every day that me and my baby are still here," she said. "It has taught me to ... appreciate the smaller things in life."
02-20-08, 07:05 PM #10
Pretty women make us BUY beer. Ugly women make us DRINK beer. --Al Bundy
02-20-08, 07:06 PM #11
I am pretty sick to my stomach...
I bet in about 6 months dear mother will be dating the shitbags brother who is also a convicted felon of some sorts and well just has to go to another fricking party....
Zebras dont change their stripes.
I feel so bad for that little girlhttp://www.allpoetry.com/Grunts%20Girl
We dallied under
Vine maples and sapling alders
Searched for lady slippers
Found blackberry riots and
An old skid road
Brought ghost ferns and
Hollows filled with
While waves wrapped
Intricate lacings of weeds
'Round mule spinners
His cyanotic eyes
Were hard enough to make
The sun turn tail and
Tender enough to attract me
To his world of illusion
02-20-08, 07:07 PM #12
It wouldnt let me rep till I spread around someone rep CB for me please
Pretty women make us BUY beer. Ugly women make us DRINK beer. --Al Bundy
02-20-08, 07:22 PM #13
02-20-08, 10:10 PM #14
This man shouldn't even be able to breath the same air we breath....he doesn't deserve it.Calm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
02-20-08, 10:24 PM #15
Too bad we cant execute people in the same manner that they killed someone. I say forget about cruel and unusual punishment, let the punishment fit the crime.Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G.I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. ~ Anon
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