Child shot protecting mom hailed a hero

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  1. Don't know if this has been posted already, but this story is amazing.


    By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 31 minutes ago

    DETROIT - As the gunman was about to open fire, 7-year-old Alexis Goggins lunged from the back seat of the SUV and threw herself across her mom, crying, "Don't hurt my mother!"

    Six bullets from the 9 mm handgun slammed into Alexis, one piercing her right eye. Two slugs hit her mother.

    Alexis' mother pulled through. But two weeks later, Alexis lies in critical condition, blind in one eye. And to her classmates and many people in this city so depressingly familiar with violence, the little girl is a hero.

    "She was trying to save me," her mother, Seliethia Parker, 30, told The Associated Press on Monday. "My baby is just an angel to her mother. I thought as the mother, I'd be saving my child. I never thought my daughter would be saving me."

    Alexis has undergone three operations since the shooting, and her mother sits by her bedside at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

    As for the mother, she was seriously wounded, with one slug grazing her head and the other entering her chest and stopping just short of an artery. But she was released from the hospital just a few days later.

    Parker's former boyfriend, Calvin Tillie, a 29-year-old ex-convict on parole, was arrested in the shooting and charged with two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, along with other offenses. He could get life in prison.

    Alexis is learning-disabled and lags behind other youngsters her age. As a result, police say it may never be known whether Alexis meant to shield her mother from the bullets with her body. But Parker said that if her daughter hadn't put herself in between, "I really don't know. We might have been dead."

    Parker said she met Tillie earlier this year and called off the relationship after three months, but he had other ideas. "He was harassing me," she said. "He would constantly call my house, popping up in the middle of the night."

    Shortly after midnight on Dec. 2, police say, Alexis and her mother climbed into their friend Aisha Ford's vehicle for a late night birthday get-together for Ford's mother. The girl got into the back seat, and her mother took the front passenger seat.

    Tillie, who had been standing outside the house in the shadows despite the cold, jumped into the back of the SUV, next to Alexis, and forced Ford to drive at gunpoint for several harrowing minutes until the woman convinced him she needed to stop for gas, according to an account the women gave police.

    Ford told police she tried to stall for time while pumping gas. As she and the station attendant called 911, several shots erupted from inside the vehicle. Police say the girl had jumped toward her mother in the front seat.

    Parker bolted from the SUV, screaming. Officers found Alexis curled beneath the steering wheel in a pool of blood. Tillie was arrested at the scene.

    His attorney, Kim Basen Michon, asked for a psychological evaluation for Tillie. The lawyer was on vacation and could not be reached for comment Monday.

    In addition to losing her right eye, Alexis was shot in the chin and jaw. Several days after the shooting, the little girl, her face horribly swollen and wrapped in bandages, stirred and squeezed her mother's hand.

    "She is doing much better," Parker said. "She opened up one eye. Everything seems to be going great."

    In Alexis' special education classroom at Campbell Elementary School, her classmates have named a stuffed toy with pink ears "Hero."

    "We didn't want Alexis' spot to be vacant, so she's got a sweet bear to sit in her place until she comes back," said her teacher, Angela Lang.

    Alexis suffered a stroke before age 1 and has epilepsy. Her teacher showed off a journal revealing strides Alexis had made in writing over the past few months. What started as an illegible series of lines had evolved into distinct letters: A, L and E.

    "I know she can do it. There's no stopping Alexis," said her mother's cousin, Tonya Blockett-Colbert. "It may take her a little longer now because of this. But she is a fighter."


    My thoughts and prayers are with the family...I really hope Alexis pulls through. :heart:
  2. OMG. Why do these things happen to inocent people all the time? God bless Alexis, this little girl is truly a hero. :sad: What the hell is wrong with the mom?? I would never date someone that would jepordize my daughter's life. Stupid.
  3. Aw, this story got me really teary-eyed. I hope that "man" (if you can call IT that), gets life in prison. I personally think life in prison, without parole, is worth than the death sentence. How can he even think of shooting ANYONE, especially when there is a young child present. I just can't wait to hear what bullsh*t excuses his defense comes up with when he gets put on trial.
  4. wow, I teared up when I read the little girl threw herself across her mother. I pray she makes a speedy recovery.
  5. I hope the SOB gets life in prison.

  6. That was my first thought too, I just knew the gunman had to be some random ex-bf, probably one out of dozens, and this little innocent girl is the one who is suffering. :sad:

    "Calvin Tillie, a 29-year-old ex-convict on parole"

    I hate this mother.
  7. Now now girls... the mother had broken up with the guy... none of us can tell when someone is going to go ballistic after they break up with someone. If anything, her breaking up with him could have been because he showed some nasty tendencies. She did the right thing. There is no way anyone could tell he'd do something like this.

  8. "Calvin Tillie, a 29-year-old ex-convict on parole"

    He was showing nasty tendencies before they even started dating, so I am sure he showed it throughout the relationship. :sad:
  9. But did she KNOW he was an ex con?

  10. I went back to read (not sure about the above) but it says she dumped him earlier this year, he kept harrassing her, and then he commited this crime Dec. 2.
    OMG, she let that man terrorize her for a year??? Am I missing something? She didn't report him to the police?
  11. That's the problem Devoted, it doesn't say.

    Even if she had, the polices hands are tied until he actually does something. And I don't see it as "she LET" him terrorize her for a year... what is one to do when the police have told you they can't do anything unless something happens?

  12. He was on parole, something would have happened to him...something should have happened to him. If it comes out that she did go to the police, and they ignored her, then OMFG...I can't even comment on it, if the police ignored a convicted criminal stalking a woman with children.... :cursing:
  13. My point exactly... the same thing happened to my niece Erin. Search this forum for Mark Fregia if you want to know more.

    A restraining order is useless.
  14. :crybaby:
  15. Children are absolutely wonderful!! :crybaby: