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Man gets 10 years for shooting Bronx boy celebrating his 5th birthday in the head

Posted at 8:27 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 20:27:34-04

CLAREMONT, the Bronx — A 5-year-old boy spent several weeks in a medically induced coma, breathing through a ventilator, after he was shot in the head in the Bronx.

He was celebrating his fifth birthday on June 5, 2017, when he was struck by a stray bullet in the Bronx. (Family)

Michael Quiles, the man who shot Jaheem Hunter on June 5, 2017, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison,  Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. He was found guilty of weapon possession.

“The young victim miraculously survived a gunshot to the head but continues to struggle with the injuries,” Clark said. “An innocent child’s life has been utterly changed.”

Quiles argued with two men near 167th Street and Washington Avenue on the day of the shooting. They had knives. Quiles, who was on parole at the time for an attempted kidnapping charge, fired multiple times.

One shot hit Hunter. He was out with his dad to celebrate his birthday at the time. Hunter underwent several major surgeries after the shooting.

Michael Quiles was arrested June 6, 2017, in connection with a shooting the night before that injured a 5-year-old boy.