Donald Maiden, a young boy from Dallas, is too young to be depressed. He’s too young to be going through this unfathomable circumstance. He is too embarrassed to even be seen by other kids.
What happened to him is a tragedy beyond words.
Only a few days before he turned 8, Donald was shot in the face.
He was playing tag outside of his home when the gunman shot him – the motive for attempting to kill the little boy is not yet clear.
Brian Cloninger stood by his truck while Donald was bleeding. When asked if he shot the child, he responded “Yes.”
When he ran inside, his mouth was hanging from his face. His mother applied pressure to the wound and dialed 911.
After multiple surgeries, Donald survived, but life would never be the same. He thinks he looks like a monster and refuses to see other children, plus his 4 year-old brother that was home at the time of the shooting is terrified constantly.
The gunman is being held on a charge of “serious bodily injury to a child.” That is a first-degree felony with a sentence of five to 99 years in prison. Donald’s grandmother is pushing for a charge of attempted murder.
The damage done to Donald cannot be taken back. Not only is his face disfigured, but he hates the way he looks now.
‘He don’t want the kids to look at his face,’ his grandmother, Sharon Locklin, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. ‘He says, “I look like a monster, granny.” I’m like, “No, you don’t.”‘
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