A child hit in the face by a stray bullet leaves the hospital

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City girl who was just 11 months old when she was hit in the face by a stray bullet in January was released from hospital on Friday after learning to talk and walk again.

Catherine Arias was discharged from Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, Westchester County, with her father and mother, who called the 16-month-old a ‘beautiful miracle baby’. The police outside cheered as the family left the building.

“Our journey has been long, but in the end there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said her mother, Miraida Gomez. “We are definitely happy, we can’t wait to start this new chapter in our lives, and just happy that everyone can witness a miracle.”

Catherine was sitting in a parked car with her mother when a man on a Bronx street opened fire on another person. A bullet hit her in the cheek and exited through the top of her head, causing brain damage and leaving half of her body paralyzed.

The shooting was part of a series of high-profile crimes in the weeks after Mayor Eric Adams took office, promising a safer city and leading to calls to reduce gun violence.

No arrests have been made in Catherine’s case.

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