Abilene woman fatally shot as she clutched newborn

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Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Police say a woman found slain at a West Texas apartment was clutching her 2-week-old son when she was shot by her boyfriend, the newborn's father.

Abilene police Sgt. Lynn Beard said Thursday the child is being treated for a hand wound from the same round that killed 22-year-old Makayla Bunting. The couple's 4-year-old daughter was nearby but uninjured.

Chevayae Johnson was hospitalized in critical condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Beard says the 23-year-old suspect has been charged with murder and that other charges may follow.

Officers responded to a 911 call Wednesday night from one of Bunting's relatives.

Police initially thought Johnson was dead but he regained consciousness and attacked officers, who subdued him using a stun gun.

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