Girl, 5, shot days before birthday by 'woman trying to kill spider'

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·2-min read

A five-year-old girl was allegedly shot in the neck days before her birthday by a woman claiming she was trying to kill a spider, according to police. 

Tronisha Ellis has fronted court after the alleged March incident, charged with three counts of attempted murder and certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm. 

She was arrested after she allegedly shot young Zendaya Cook in a home in Mobile, in the US state of Alabama

Zendaya Cook is loaded into an ambulance after she was allegedly shot in the neck.
Zendaya Cook survived the alleged shooting, but her mother says she is suffering from PTSD. Source: NBC10

She later told investigators she was trying to fire at a spider that was on one of the children, according to Fox10.

Thankfully, the young girl survived the incident. 

A GoFundMe page set up by the girl's mum claims she was injured on March 2 just three days before her birthday.

"This has put our family in the hardest position because all three of my kids are suffering from this tragic accident," Kaneesha Cook wrote. 

"My kids are scared to be in the home, they don't feel it's safe anymore."

The mother was pleading for donations to afford a "comfortable environment" for her children to get through the "sad situation".

A patched-up bullet wound on Zendaya Cook's neck.
The five-year-old was allegedly shot by a woman in her home. Source: NBC15

"My baby girl suffers from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) now, she has only said a few words since this all took place," she said.

"We are scared for their safety... the kids see the home as a threat instead of a home.

"None of the girls will go pass the front room."

Zendaya's dad Brandon Cook told NBC15 he was "just happy to still have her after the tragedy".  

The Mobile District Attorney's Office said in a statement Ellis was being held without bond due to her being on probation during the time of this new incident.

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