Brijjanna Price stood quietly with family members and worked to compose herself outside UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Thursday night.
Then she talked briefly and poignantly about being strong and hopeful for her 4-year-old son Na’vaun Jackson, who is on life support, suffering from a brain injury after a shooting incident at an East Oakland house.
“He’s in critical condition, he’s still in the same position he was in when the situation happened,” said Price, whose son underwent surgery Wednesday. “We can do nothing but take it day by day, and hope for better.
“I’m a mother. I have to be strong. I’m holding in there. I’ve got a lot of pain.”
Price’s boyfriend, Terrence L. Wilson, was charged Friday afternoon with one count of child abuse, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of first-degree criminal firearm storage, according to court documents filed by the district attorney’s office. The gun belonged to Wilson, who was legally not allowed to posses firearms, according to police.
Na’vaun was in the bedroom of Wilson’s home visiting on Wednesday. He was in there alone, watching TV, when the adults in the home heard a gunshot.
According to court documents, Wilson told police he slept with a gun under his pillow the night before. When he woke up to take the children to school, he forgot it was under his pillow. Brijjanna Price told police she was aware a gun was in the house, but did not know where it was stored.
He told police he had not realized the boy was in the bedroom when the gunshot went off. Wilson was playing video games in the living room of the home, the court document said.
Brijjanna Price said she also had lost her brother, Lamont Price, in February 2012, in addition to cousins and friends, to gun violence.
“Stay home, because your house is the safest place,” said Brijjanna Price, who added that you never know what anybody has “in their house.”
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On a twilit sidewalk outside UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Brijjanna Price stood quietly with family members and worked to compose herself.
But Brijjanna you knew and failed your child.