Ex-boyfriend arrested in murder of Houston mother, wounding 1-year-old son

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A fishy has been arrested successful the deadly shooting of a parent and the wounding of her 1-year-old lad successful the Westchase country earlier this month.

Zacchaeus Rashad Gaston, 27, was taken into custody overnight. He is charged with 1 number of execution and 1 number of aggravated battle with a deadly limb successful the decease of his estranged girlfriend, 24-year-old Layla Steele.

Police responded to a shooting reported astatine an flat analyzable located astatine 11212 Westpark Drive astatine astir 10:35 a.m. connected July 1.

Authorities said it started arsenic a home quality betwixt Gaston and Steele extracurricular the flat complex.

Witnesses reportedly saw the mates engaged successful a carnal altercation earlier Gaston allegedly changeable Steel and her 1-year-old lad and fled the scene.

When officials arrived, Steele was successful captious condition. Emergency unit gave her CPR and were capable to get her pulse, but she aboriginal died astatine the hospital.

ORIGINAL STORY: Mother killed, 1-year-old wounded successful home unit shooting incidental successful Westchase area

According to police, a slug struck her babe boy's ankle. The child, Zeus, was besides transported to the hospital.

Family told ABC13 that Gaston is Zeus' father.

Officials accidental the antheral was retired of jailhouse connected 7 felony bonds and had an ankle monitor. However, it's unclear if helium was wearing the instrumentality astatine the clip of the shooting.

Steele had a protective bid against Gaston, according to family. Gaston was charged with violating the protective bid successful April of this year.

Court records amusement Gaston was charged with battle connected a household subordinate aft helium allegedly deed Steel successful the caput with a integrative vessel and threatened her with a weapon during a quality successful September 2020. That lawsuit was dismissed by the tribunal connected June 29, 2021.

"We wonderment what could we person done to forestall this. Once again, we don't privation to enactment immoderate responsibility anywhere, however, with the fishy being retired connected enslaved for 7 large felonies, this could person been prevented," said HPD Asst. Chief Patricia Cantu earlier this month.

Gaston is scheduled to look successful tribunal Thursday morning.

Family acceptable up a GoFundMe page to assistance wage for babe Zeus' aesculapian expenses.

The video supra is from a erstwhile report.

GET HELP: If you request assistance getting retired of a home unit situation, telephone the Houston Area Women's Center 24/7 hotline astatine 713-528-2121 oregon telephone AVDA astatine 713-224-9911. You tin besides click present to chat with an advocator online. If you are deaf oregon hard of proceeding and request help, telephone 713-528-3625.

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