Boy, 4, injured in shooting returns home

April 12, 2012 8:24:50 PM PDT
An innocent child shot in the head had his life nearly taken when someone sprayed his home with bullets. Now, less than two weeks later, he's out of the hospital and trying to get back to being a kid again.

The events that unfolded at a home in northeast Houston earlier this month were tragic and heartbreaking. But now, we have a different story to tell. It's about his recovery, which his family calls miraculous.

The accused shooter is behind bars, which is good news for his family, but not even that can top what they are feeling now, knowing the four-year-old they thought would never make it is now a walking, dancing miracle.

At four years old, he's the ultimate gamer, and from these moves, you would never know the near-deadly nightmare this little boy endured less than two weeks ago.

"He wakes up in the middle of the night sometimes screaming, talking about just doing this," said Gregory Nicholas, Isaiah Nicholas' father.

And Isaiah Nicholas' parents say he remembers the Saturday when he was eating in the living room at his grandmother's house.

"I ate a popsicle," Isaiah told us.

And the "bad man," he says, had a gun.

"He shoot me," Isaiah said.

Police say 25-year-old Candale Hall, the boyfriend of a family friend, stood outside and pulled the trigger, firing eight to nine rounds into the house.

Isaiah, one of six children inside, was the only one injured. The shy little one showed us where the bullet went through his forehead and gave him what he called a "headache." The four-year-old was in critical condition and on life support.

His mother says she'll never forget what he told her as he fought for his life on the way to the hospital.

"He said, 'Mama I don't want to die,'" said his mother, Rosharon Ceasar.

The four-year old was in critical condition and on life support. In a soft voice, he shared the prayer he recited with his dad after he finally opened his eyes again.

"Say thank you Jesus for my life," Isaiah said.

Isaiah, who has only opened up about what happened a few times, is ready to put it all behind him.

As for his father, he says when it comes to the accused shooter -- who claimed his innocence as he turned himself in -- they are still working on forgiveness.

"I got people telling me you got to let it go and just pray for him. I don't know how you pray for somebody that did something to your son," Nicholas said.

Isaiah's parents say they haven't taken him back to his grandmother's house yet because they think it's still too soon. Isaiah's grandparents are now moving out of the house because of the shooting.

Meanwhile, Hall is still being held at the Harris County Jail on a $65,000 bond. His next court appearance is in May.


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