(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, December 27th 2023)
OLDSMAR, Fla. (TND) — A young mother was shot to death on Christmas Eve during an argument over gifts, and her two teenage brothers are facing criminal charges.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said deputies found 23-year-old Abrielle Baldwin, who was killed, and 14-year-old Damarcus Coley, who was wounded.
Investigators found they’d gone shopping on Sunday with their brother, 15-year-old Darcus Coley, their mother, and Abrielle’s 11-month-old and six-year-old sons.
From shopping, they went to their grandmother’s home where authorities said the three siblings “were involved in a verbal altercation over Christmas gifts.”
Specifically, “Abrielle told Damarcus to stop arguing because it was Christmas.”
Then, “Damarcus told Abrielle he was going to shoot her and the 11-month-old she was holding in a baby carrier.”
And the sheriff’s office said he did it.
“Damarcus shot Abrielle in the chest while Abrielle was holding the child in the carrier,” they reported.
That sparked the second shooting.
“Shortly thereafter, Darcus exited the residence with another firearm and shot Damarcus because Damarcus shot Abrielle,” they said. “Darcus then fled the scene, tossing his firearm into a nearby yard. Detectives have been unable to locate the firearm used by Darcus.”
Darcus was found and “taken to a mental health facility due to self-harm statements,” the sheriff’s office said, “and will be transferred to the custody of the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center once he is released.”
He was charged with attempted first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Damarcus was charged with first-degree murder, child abuse, and being a delinquent in possession of a firearm.