KEY POINTS

  • The stepmother of an Ohio child shot by his biological mother said she asked Children and Family Services to take him from her
  • The woman's father confirmed she'd been diagnosed with mental illnesses before the April 24 shooting
  • The woman is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $500,000

The stepmother of a 6-year-old Ohio child who was allegedly shot by his biological mother last month is speaking out for the first time since the tragedy.

Emma Jean Cameron, who said she is the girlfriend of the father of 6-year-old Kaamir Bringht, told local news outlet WOIO that the boy's death continues to haunt her. Accused of killing the child is his 30-year-old mother Daneicha Bringht, who according to police reports fatally shot her son inside her room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Brooklyn, Ohio, on April 24. 

Cameron said Daneicha was flagged for possible mental health issues prior to the incident.

“It’s a tragedy because I told human services I said please take him from her because if you don’t something is going to happen,” Cameron told the outlet.

She alleged Daneicha had threatened to harm the child long before the shooting. 

“Daneicha always said before I let anybody take my child I’ll throw him in the lake or kill him myself and this is what happened,” Cameron said.

When the outlet asked the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services about the efforts made to ensure the child's safety and the allegation that it didn’t properly respond to the family’s pleas, the only response given was that the mother is in jail and awaiting trial. 

Daneicha is expected to appear in court once more following her recent appearance, but the date has yet to be set. She is charged with aggravated murder in the April 24 shooting and remains in the Cuyahoga County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Police said Daneicha only called 911 about half an hour after she pulled the trigger on the child. “Somebody shot my son. Is he alive? I don’t know. My hand is shot,” Daneicha reportedly said.

After initially telling police that a man shot her and her son inside her hotel room, Daneicha eventually admitted to shooting her son several times, including in the head and abdomen, Cleveland.com reported, citing police records. It is not known why she and her son were staying at the hotel at the time.

Donald E. Bringht Sr., the father of Daneicha and grandfather of Kaamir, confirmed she had been diagnosed with mental illnesses, including schizophrenia. After they failed to convince her to seek treatment, he said they asked Children and Family Services if he or Daniecha’s mother could care for the boy instead of their daughter.

“We all tried to get her help and in more than one state,” Donald said. “Her mother was trying to get the baby from her, and social services stated, we don’t take kids from their parents anymore.”

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