LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has been 10 years since Louisville police officers saved a 2-year-old girl's life.

Erica Hughes was shot in the head and left for dead after her mother, Earon Harper, was killed by two men who broke into their home on Wilson Avenue on May 18, 2006. Metro Police Officers Steven Kelsey and Thomas Barth responded to the home after the shooting and saved Erica's life when they decided to rush her to the hospital in their squad car instead of waiting for an ambulance

"After we started clearing the house that's when we seen her, well actually seen her laying on the bed," Barth said. And that's when they discovered it was not just another homicide.

"When I went over and actually touched her and when she -- startled me -- that's when I knew we had something," Barth said. 

Standard procedure is to wait for an ambulance, but Hughes had been shot in the head so a sergeant on the scene made the decision to break protocol.

"He just realized, he said 'hey, this is a 2-year-old baby.' He said: 'The ambulance is taking too long. We have to go ahead and act now,'" Kelsey recalled.

Erica was left blind in one eye after the shooting and is being raised by her grandparents. 

In 2009 a jury convicted James Quisenberry and Kenneth Williams in the shootings.


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