Arrest made in shooting after 3-year-old girl released from hospital

Fearful family staying at motel after Liberty City shooting

MIAMI – A 3-year old girl caught in the crossfire of a dangerous gun battle was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Ayanna Daniels, who spent two nights being treated by doctors, must wear a leg cast to cover her gunshot wound. The toddler was shot in the foot Sunday afternoon as she played outside of her Liberty City apartment at 1250 NW 62nd St. 

"She still don't have any feeling in her toes -- like she can't move her toes or nothing," mother Kiera Daniels said. "She's like traumatized by the whole situation, waking up out of her sleep, screaming like mommy, daddy."

On the same day doctors delivered the good news, Miami police announced an arrest: Kenya Johnson, who lives in the same apartment complex as the victim, was picked up by police.

The 16-year-old was arrested on one count each of attempted second-degree murder, shooting into an occupied building and using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

An arrest warrant issued for Johnson said the teen was involved in an argument with a friend of the toddler's father. Four to six minutes of gunfire could be heard in the middle of the day as the shootout played out in the courtyard of the apartment complex.

The Miami SWAT team was called to help catch the shooter but after a thorough search, no one was found. Witnesses helped detectives identify Johnson as a possible suspect.

Shattered glass and bullet pierced doors now line the Liberty City complex. They serve as reminders of how close the family came to a tragedy.

"We don't want to go back. She don't even want to go back," Daniels said. "We passed by there (Monday) night and she started crying."

Daniels, who has three other children, has packed up their necessities and since checked her family into a motel out of concerns for their safety. However, time and money are running out.

"We don't have (money) like that at all and its the holiday season," Daniels said. "My kids -- they're supposed to be home with a Christmas tree (and) their presents under the Christmas tree. They can't have that. I don't know what we are going to do."

Ayanna will have to wear the cast for the next three to four weeks. Doctors won't be able to tell if the toddler will have any permanent damage from the bullet wound until the cast is removed.

"No mother wants to experience this," Daniels said. "I always see it on TV, but I never thought I would be in this situation."

Johnson, the accused shooter, was expected to appear before a juvenile court judge Wednesday afternoon.

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