Five days after being shot in the head, a 7-year-old girl in DeKalb County remains unresponsive at the hospital, her family told Channel 2 Action News.
Mariasia Thomas was sitting on the couch inside her foster mother’s home along Satellite Boulevard when she was shot during a drive-by shooting around 11 p.m. Friday, DeKalb police said. Three bullets hit the home’s front door, and four bullets went through two windows, AJC.com previously reported.
Now her family is hoping and praying that brain tests scheduled for Thursday will have positive results and give them hope she’ll survive, Channel 2 reported.
“She was an innocent little girl just watching TV on the couch,” her biological mother Chanrica Boyd told the news station. “It’s still unreal that this is my child that was shot up in this house due to something that wasn’t even involving her.”
Thomas was in the custody of the Division of Family and Children Services at the time of the shooting in Ellenwood, Channel 2 reported. She had been in the foster home for about two weeks.
Thomas’ family told the news station DFCS obtained custody over her two years ago when her mother didn’t have secure housing. Thomas’ aunt, Kiya Caldwell, said she just moved into a new apartment and attempted to inform DFCS before the shooting.
As of 11 p.m., DFCS hasn’t responded to Channel 2’s request for comment. AJC.com has also reached out to DFCS regarding her case.
Even though the family’s primary focus is on Thomas’ medical status, they’re also hopeful the shooter will be brought to justice.
Police do not have any suspects in custody. It’s also unknown why the home was targeted. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police at 770-724-7850. A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this case.
Three days after Thomas was shot, another 7-year-old was accidentally shot in the stomach by an 8-year-old in Griffin while playing with a .45-caliber handgun. Police said the child is expected to make a “full recovery.”
Both incidents happened days after a 6-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed by her 4-year-old brother in Paulding County.
The two were sitting in a parked car while their mother was trying to figure out why it wouldn’t start, police said. The 4-year-old found a handgun in the center console and accidentally shot his sister.
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