Arrest Made In Shooting That Left Infant In Critical Condition In Local Hospital

Police made an arrest Thursday in a drive-by shooting in a local neighborhood that left a 7-month-old infant in critical condition.

Samuel Henry, Jr. (Jail photo)

WACO (October 18, 2012)—Samuel Henry, Jr., 24, was served with arrest warrants Thursday stemming from a drive-by shooting earlier this month in a Waco neighborhood that left a 7-month-old boy in critical condition and the baby’s uncle with arm wounds.

Waco officers served the warrants at the McLennan County Jail where Henry was held after his arrest earlier in the day Thursday following a traffic stop in the 2100 block of Maple Avenue for driving with an invalid license and possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), police said.

Henry is charged with injury to a child and aggravated assault in the Oct. 10 shooting that left Dmar E. Caufield on a ventilator and in very critical condition after surgery at McLane Children's Hospital Scott & White in Temple for a gunshot wound to the head and the baby’s uncle, Craig Mays, 38, with shrapnel wounds to the arm.

The infant was flown to Scott & White early in the morning on Oct. 10 after he was shot in the head when somebody fired repeatedly at the house in which he was sleeping at 1609 North 18th St. in Waco.

Information about his condition is not being released, but police confirmed that he is still alive.

Officers who responded to the shooting at around 2 a.m. on Oct. 10 found the infant’s mother standing in the front yard of the home with the badly injured baby in her arms.

Because of the severity of the infant’s gunshot wound, officers immediately loaded mother and child into a patrol car and took them to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.

The baby was then flown to Scott & White.

Mays, who was also asleep inside the house at the time of the shooting, was taken by private vehicle to Hillcrest where he was treated and later released.

Six people including Mays, the infant, the infant’s mother and father, and two other children ages, 6 and 10, were in the home at the time of the shooting

“Witnesses described being awakened by gunfire into the home and then discovered the baby and Mays had been shot,” Swanton said.

“They did not see anyone nor were vehicles observed at the time of the shooting,” he said.

Investigators found at least three bullet holes in the house.

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