Baby delivered in critical care, dies at Cincinnati hospital
By Dave Andrusko
Antonio Wilcox is scheduled to face a judge Wednesday, charged with killing his more-than-eight-month pregnant girlfriend.
The 31-year-old Michelle McDonald, suffering from gunshot wounds, “was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where she later died, police said,” according to WLWT 5. “Officials said hospital staff delivered her unborn child [Aaliyah Marie McCoy] in critical condition, but hours later, the child was pronounced dead.”
The fatal shooting took place in front of McDonald’s four-year-old daughter.
“My mom is dead and she kept pointing to her forehead, and she kept trying to wake her mom up but she wouldn’t get up,” McDonald’s aunt Minnie Evans told WLWT 5. “My mom is dead and pointed to her head. She witnessed that. She was there.”
“I just feel so much pain like it’s never going to end,” McDonald’s mother, Michelle Sanchez, told the news outlet during a Sunday night vigil for the slain woman, according to the New York Post reported.
It is not immediately clear why Wilcox was not also charged in the death of the baby.
Steven Hall reported that “Ohio state law allows for criminals to be charged with fetal homicide, according to The National Conference of State Legislatures. This applies to a victim, including an ‘unborn member of the species Homo sapiens, who is or was carried in the womb of another.’”
Neighbors have created a memorial as a testament to the life taken away and the life that never had a chance to live.
Wilcox according to neighbors moved out of the apartment days before the shooting. Family members say Wilcox had previously threatened McDonald, but no charges have been found.
“When he killed my niece, he killed the whole family,” Evans said.