Parents of injured toddler at 'crossroads' with hospital

December 2, 2011 11:57:54 PM PST
Hiram Lawrence will be 2 years old in just a couple of weeks, but for now he's clinging to life at Oakland's Childrens Hospital. His mother came out Friday evening to say that she and the hospital are disagreeing on Hiram's continued care.

"Unfortunately we have come to a crossroads and we have been unable to agree on the continuum of care for Baby Hiram, as a result we are seeking support from a patients' rights attorney," Brittany Houston said.

Houston says she wants every opportunity to save her child. The child's uncle Norman Bobino is asking for restraint from family and friends.

"Pray, pray, no retaliation, no violence, none of that, just pray, he's fighting," Bobino said.

Hiram's parents want doctors to give their toddler more time to recover and not run any more tests. A source tells ABC7 News Hiram is unresponsive.

Oakland's mayor and police chief went door-to-door Friday, looking for information about a shooting rampage. They are hoping to find out who shot 23-month-old Hiram in the head this past Monday. Six other people were also wounded in the shooting outside a West Oakland liquor store. Oakland's top officials say it worked when little Carlos Nava was shot and killed earlier this year and they're hoping it helps again.

Hiram was among seven people injured.

Based on surveillance video, investigators know several people exchanged gunfire in a crowded parking lot, but even with the images, police needs witnesses to come forward to make positive identification.

"We need to stop the 'code of silence' around these kinds of shootings; this is a very sad case, a lot of people were hurt," Quan said.

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan also went door to door. He acknowledges detectives have detained five persons of interest in the shooting, but so far there have been no arrests.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the shooting.

Oakland police are asking anyone with information about the case to call (510) 773-2805.

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