Arrest Made in Shooting Death of 2-Year-Old Boy in Newark

It's believed the shooting was accidental.

By Katy Tur and Brian Thompson
|  Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:38 PM EDT
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Arrest Made in Toddler Death in Newark

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Authorities have arrested the man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy inside a Newark, N.J. home Friday morning.

Wakir Bryant, 27, was arrested Friday evening on aggravated manslaughter charges in the death of Mikhy Robinson, who suffered a gunshot wound to the mouth earlier in the day, according to police and the Essex County prosecutor's office. They called the shooting a ''senseless crime.''

Authorities said the boy was shot in the head inside 57 St. James Place and brought into Newark Beth Israel Medical Center by a man and a woman at about 9:40 a.m. He was pronounced dead at 10:14 a.m.

A law enforcement source told NBC New York Robinson was hit by a stray bullet.

One neighbor who lived across the street told NBC New York he heard yelling between a man and a woman at about 4 a.m.

"I heard arguing," said Tyree Smith. "Like a dispute. Loud, angry arguing."

Brendan Smith, the landlord of the apartment where Robinson lived, described the boy as "nice, loving, full of energy."

A person close to the investigation told The Associated Press that neighbors reported hearing a man yelling "I'm so sorry" repeatedly and there was evidence someone tried to clean blood up from the scene.

Warrants issued for Bryant's arrest set bail at $1 million.

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