2 Suspects Arrested in Shooting Death of NYC Toddler

Daquan Breland and Daquan Wright were taken into custody Friday.

Posted: 09/09/2013 08:16 AM EDT

From left: Daquan Breland and Daquan Wright are led from a hearing in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (Photo: AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran)

Daquan Breland, 23, was charged with second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty Saturday in connection to the shooting death of 1-year-old Antiq Hennis of Brooklyn, New York. Daquan Wright, 19, who was arrested with Breland Friday morning, is awaiting arraignment. 

“I could never hurt a child. But I did. What does that make me?” Breland said during a tearful interview with the New York Daily News. “To slay a baby in a stroller, that’s an evil act. Now I have to live with it.”

The two men were found in an apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Breland and Wright waived extradition and were brought back to New York City where they may face charges. The men were arraigned as fugitives in Pennsylvania.

Authorities say that Antiq's father was pushing him in a stroller when shots rang out and hit the toddler in the left side of his face on Sept. 1. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Police believe the child's father, Anthony Hennis, was the intended target.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said a clear motive has not been determined yet.

Associated Press reports

Witnesses have said the men were standing in the street when Wright handed the gun to Breland, who they allege did the shooting. The gun has not been recovered.

On Friday evening, hundreds attended a funeral for Antiq held at the Grace Funeral Chapel in Ozone Park in Queens. The New York Times reported he was viewed in a small white coffin, wearing a white suit and a Yankees hat.

Only the father was present with the baby at the time of the shooting. He has not cooperated in the investigation, according to Kelly.

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