Baby shot in drive-by celebrates birthday in hospital, responds to touches

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An 11-month-old baby shot on Monday while her father was getting her out of a car, just had a birthday in Children's Mercy Hospital.

Her family celebrated Brooklyn and the joy she has brought them, as they hoped for her recovery. Her mother, Farida Simmons, says Brooklyn is responding to touches and voices.

"When people come in and talk to her, her name, she's responding by raising her arm, her leg," said Farida.

Police say a man drove by Brooklyn's dad's house near 39th and Bellefontaine and opened fired at about 9 p.m. Monday night. Darius Murff was shot nine times while getting his daughter out of Farida's car.

"After he stopped shooting, I jumped out of the car and started looking for my baby and she was at the front wheel of the driver's side just laying there. She wasn't crying. She was just looking.. She was just making noise, saying mama," Farida remembered.

"It happened so fast. I probably wasn't even there five minutes and somebody just pulled up and started shooting, not caring that a baby was there; that he had a baby in his arms," said Farida.

Brooklyn remains in critical condition and Darius Murff is out of the hospital.

Related: KCPD still searching for suspect in double shooting

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