Boy, 15, charged with shooting pregnant teen, killing her child

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A Duquesne teenager shot a pregnant girl, killing her unborn child, and then injured two others in a separate shooting in a span of two days last month, according to court documents.

Allegheny County police Tuesday charged Eric Taylor, 15, as an adult with homicide of an unborn child, attempted homicide and other crimes in connection with the May 26 shooting of 15-year-old DaRae Delgado, who was seven months pregnant.

Eric was already being held in the Allegheny County Jail on charges that he shot two people in Duquesne May 27.

Allegheny County police wrote in a criminal complaint that DaRae was lying on the couch inside her home on Friendship Avenue early May 26 when she heard a knock on the door. She asked "Who is it?" and when no one answered, she opened the door and saw a young man, police wrote.

DaRae told police the young man didn't say anything before he opened fire, hitting her four times, including in the hand and abdomen. One of those bullets hit her unborn son, killing him, officials said.

Police wrote that they spoke to at least two witnesses during the course of their investigation, including one who said Eric confessed to the shooting and another who placed him on the porch around the time it occurred.

Eric was arrested by Duquesne police May 31 in connection with a different shooting that injured two people on Hill Street the day after DaRae was shot. He has been charged as an adult with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. A preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. He did not have an attorney on file in either case.

First Published June 10, 2014 1:24 PM

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