The baby lived

Shaquanda Richard, 17, was 6 months pregnant.

 Reportedly on May 9 Richard had argued with her boyfriend on the phone earlier that day. Then he came to the house and pulled her outside, where he was allegedly seen to be hitting her on the head while dragging her down the street toward the construction site. A neighbor had observed them arguing in front of her house.

Later, a construction worker on his way to work saw her in a ditch. She had been beaten and was barely breathing.

 At the hospital, a Caesarean section was performed and the baby was born 3 months early. Family says that the baby,  Amya Miracle Richard, is critical but stable and doing well. Shaquanda Richard died of massive head injuries.

Police have arrested the boyfriend 18 year old Francis Brown. He has been charged with  first degree murder, second degree kidnapping, and attempted first-degree feticide.

The baby is indeed a miracle. Her mother stayed alive long enough to get to the hospital, and for the baby to be born. How amazing is that? She will never know her mother, and probably will never know her father. But she is alive, thanks to her mother who struggled to live and survived long enough to have her.



  1. Soobs said,

    May 21, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    These cases just break my heart. I don’t think I’ll ever be immune to the pain. Bless that little girl, I hope her grandparents raise her well, with lots of love.

  2. Stephanie said,

    May 30, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    First of all, I am glad I found this website. I think that in our society, we see so much of these evil acts of hatred and violence that we become cold, immuned and unaffected by it as if it is nothing more than another story on the evening news. I do not read the paper anymore or watch the news as it is so depressing and there is rarely any good news. I feel that we need to be made aware of these types of things going on in this world and realize that they are real. They do happen pretty much on a daily basis to real people and children. They are not just stories, they are not just statistics. They are real. Someone’s family member, someone’s friend. I for one do not ever want to become immune to the pain that these stories stir inside of me. To not feel is to no longer be human. God bless all the victims and their families. We need to pray more about these things. We need to care.

  3. Kiara said,

    June 6, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    I am Shaquanda’s half-sister. We have the same dad. I know that there are some people out there that may justify what Shaquanda’s boyfriend did to her or believe that he may have probable cause. That is not true. She was a great person. She was always smiling and kept a smile on my face. I know that she wasn’t perfect [no one is], but she would never give anyone a reason to kill or harm her. Please just keep her and baby Amya in your prayers and never forget what happened to her and the pain and grief that was brought upon myself, her best friend Ashley, & the rest of the family.

  4. June 7, 2006 at 3:27 am

    Hon, hang on to the good memories with her. And stay close to that little girl. As she grows and smiles, it will help a little. Then when she starts to giggle, it will help a lot. The baby is a blessing she struggled to live for, and she left her to your family. Love her and protect her, and you will always know your sister is close.
    And yes, my thoughts are prayers have been with your family.

  5. Jeremy said,

    September 10, 2006 at 8:02 am

    I met Shaquanda last year as a junior at OHS. Off back i could tell she was a nice person and wasnt for the drama that heavily revolves around our school. Unfortuantely bad things happen to good people. But this is real sad because AMya will grow up never knowing her mother. And Shaquanda would have been a wonderful mother. She was a worker…so if the times ever got rough, you knew she would still be there…fighting to end. I remember one time in our English III class she had forgot to do her homework. Appearantly she was busy that night because she had heavy bags under her eyes as if she had no sleep at all. Ms. Dupe was on her about her HW and you could tell ‘Quanda was tired. But Ms. Dupe told her that she had ’til the end of class to turn it in. While fighting her sleep, listening to Ms. Dupe, and doing the work we had for that day, she still managed to turn her work in. It was just a blesing to get to know such a sweet person. I will miss Shaquanda very much. Andher family is always in my prayers

  6. traquana said,

    November 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    shaquanda was my cousin and i`ll neva 4-get all the great times we had together .. i dont care what anyone has to say if it aint nice because she was a nice person. whenever i was felling sad she always had a way to make me smile. i know AMYA will know who her mother is even if seh will never be able to see her physically she will always be in her heart. NO MATTER WHAT…

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