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17-Month-Old Has Teeth 'Knocked Out' in Odessa

Anderson Davis, 17 months, lost all her front teeth
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2019 1:41 PM CDT
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(Newser) – "Toddlers are funny because they can get shot but still want to run around and play." So says the mother of Anderson Davis, a 17-month-old girl who took bullet fragments to the chest and mouth during a Texas mass shooting that killed at least 7 and wounded 24, People reports. Little Anderson's condition was revealed by Gov. Greg Abbott in a Sunday press conference as he read from the mom's text message. "Thank you all for praying," Abbott read aloud. "This is all of our worst nightmare, but thank God she's alive and relatively well. ... Her mouth is pretty bad but will heal and can be fixed. Doesn’t seem like her jaw was hit, just her lip, teeth."

A family friend created a GoFundMe page that has raised over $130,000 as of this writing. The page also quotes Anderson's mother, who describes her daughter as having "superficial" shrapnel in her right chest, a hole "through her bottom lip and tongue," and her front teeth "knocked out." The toddler was being flown to Lubbock as the mother drove to catch up with her. "Not getting to fly with her is beyond painful," she's quoted as saying. Anderson may be the baby girl a restaurant worker saw in a car marred by bullet holes after the Odessa shooting: "She was conscious, but she was just covered in blood," he told the New York Times. "It was horrible to see something like that." (See how the Odessa shooting began.)

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