Woman Gives Birth to Baby Hours After Being Shot in the Legs by Neighbor: Police - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Woman Gives Birth to Baby Hours After Being Shot in the Legs by Neighbor: Police

The victim, who has two children, is 9-months pregnant and is due to give birth Wednesday, according to her family members.

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    A woman gave birth only hours after being shot in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia. The woman's neighbor, who family members said had been in an ongoing feud with the victim, was arrested. NBC10's Brandon Hudson obtained a video of the victim with her newborn daughter. He also spoke with the victim's mother.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017)

    Tamara Vellón has been on an emotional roller coaster. Only hours after being in a near-death situation, she gave birth to a new life.

    "I'm feeling upset," Vellón said. "Traumatized. My emotions are all over the place."

    Vellón, 21, gave birth to a 6-pound, 11-ounce baby girl Wednesday at 2:15 a.m., only a few hours after she was rushed to the hospital and treated for gunshot wounds.

    Vellón had been shot around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the 1500 block of Rosalie Street in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia. The bullet went through Vellón's right leg and struck her left leg. Police identified the shooter as Vellón's neighbor, 43-year-old Onice Cox. Family members say Vellón and Cox had been involved in an ongoing dispute and an argument led to the shooting.

    "As soon as my daughter closed her porch and went into my porch, the lady swung her door open and came out and shot my daughter," Vellón's mother Madelyne Lagares told NBC10.

    Vellón was taken to Einstein Hospital where she gave birth to her daughter and continues to recover from her gunshot wounds. Lagares described the last 24 hours her daughter has endured as "hell."

    "My kids and my grandkids are going to be traumatized," Lagares said. "They got a long recovery. I have to put them in therapy. We all have to go to therapy."

    Vellón, who is now the mother of three children, is hopeful she'll be able to get through it. 

    "With the help of my family and loved ones, hopefully we can get by all of it."

    Photos of Tamara Vellón and her newborn baby.
    Photo credit: Family Photos

    Police say they recovered a weapon. Cox was arrested next door and charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and related offenses.

    Onice Cox, 43, is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and other related offenses.
    Photo credit: Philadelphia Police