4-year-old shooting victim making miraculous recovery


by Kevin Reece/ KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 13 at 12:17 PM

HOUSTON -- For a 4-year-old boy shot in the face back on March 31, Isaiah Nicholas’ parents say he is one special kid.

“I don’t feel lucky,” said his father Greg Nicholas. “I feel blessed.”

Isaiah was released from the hospital Thursday after spending his first few days after the shooting in pediatric intensive care.

He was caught in the crossfire of a domestic argument at a home daycare in northeast Houston.  While he and several other children played inside, a man and woman got into an argument outside.  Police said Candale Dekota Hall, 24, accused an ex-girlfriend of cheating on him and shot up the house in a fit of rage, even though the woman screamed at him that there were children inside.

Several bullets pierced the inside walls of the home.  One hit Isaiah, tearing through the bridge of his nose, piercing the upper palate of his mouth, and eventually lodging in the left side of his neck.

Two weeks later at a visit to his home, we found him dancing to video games in front of a big screen TV.  He’s back to being a 4-year-old again and is not expected to have any severe complications from the injuries.

“Angels had to be watching him,” said his father Greg Nicholas. “God was holding him, or something, because it was like the bullet missed every major artery, and he’s still here.”

“I feel very lucky. Lucky and blessed,” said Isaiah’s mom Roshardon Ceasar.  “And it’s a miracle. And I’m happy that it turned out the way it did. Even though it was a bad situation, it was still a good outcome.”

Candale Dekota Hall was still held Thursday night in the Harris County jail charged with aggravated assault and held on $65,000 bond.