VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach Police say an 11-month-old died in the care ofher uncle. Police tell us they found La Keira Calahan unresponsiveat a home on Gunter Street. The baby's uncle, 23-year-old StephenCalahan is behind bars, charged with Second Degree Murder.
La Keira's parents say she was an angel sent to them. She was alittle girl who was born nine months after the couple was marriedand her mother says she was full of laughter and life. Inside theirVirginia Beach home the laughter, as well as a young life, is gone.Police say it was taken by the hands of her uncle.
"It's very shocking," said neighbor Grayson Sheringham. "I can'tbelieve that happened."
Sheringham says she saw Stephen Calahan holding his niece LaKeira in the backyard of their Gunter Street home.
"I was behind the tree and I didn't see him," added Sherinham."I just heard him say 'wake up.' I looked around and he was shakingher saying 'wake up.'"
About 30 minutes later, Sheringham says Calahan was runningaround looking for help.
"I kept saying do you need me to call 911 and he just didn'tanswer me or anything," said Sheringham.
Rescue crews found La Keira unconscious. She was pronounced deadtwo days later. Police say her severe injuries were caused by"shaken baby syndrome." Calahan was charged with her death.
"I would imagine they are mortified," said neighbor RuthKenneth. "Just thinking about it I would die. I would go absolutelyinsane. Just thinking about it makes me go insane right now."
La Keira's mother says Calahan was babysitting while they wereat work. At the time there wasn't a phone in the house. She saysmistakes happen and that she just wished he would have tried to gethelp sooner.
She says she and her husband decided to donate the little girlsorgans. They hope their loss can help other children in need.
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