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Nineteen-month-old Mia McKoy-Phanthavongsa was an innocent baby just learning to walk; but that didn’t stop her father, Merrick McKoy, 22, from allegedly putting a bullet through her head Monday morning immediately after posting a selfie of them together on Facebook.

In an exclusive interview with Denver’s Fox 31, Mia’s distraught mother, Kim Phanthavongsa, 21, said she wishes he would have killed her instead.

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“I miss her hug, I miss her kiss,” said Phanthavongsa.  “He not only took her life, he took everybody’s life around her…we are all heartbroken.”

As previously reported by NewsOne, Phanthavongsa awoke at around 9:35 a.m. Monday morning to find McKoy standing over her with a gun. Terrified, Phanthavongsa, who had an active restraining order against him, ran from the apartment to call 911.

While she was on the phone with the dispatcher, a gunshot pierced the air.

“I was on the phone with the officer, next thing I heard was a gunshot,” said Phanthavongsa. “It was my daughter, he shot my daughter.”

Baby Mia was killed with a gunshot to the head. McKoy, who after allegedly shooting his daughter turned the gun on himself, survived the attempted murder-suicide and is recovering at a local hospital.

Before allegedly committing the unconscionable act, McKoy posted a picture on Facebook of himself holding his daughter, who looked nervously into the camera. He then  posted the following status updates: “Don’t judge me had no choice” and “I told I I can’t live without u lol u thought I was joking now me n Mia out this b—-.”

Watch news report of the horrific crime below:

Phanthavongsa is still in shock that McKoy turned his evil on their daughter: “If he threatened to kill me, why not do it, why you have to threaten my daughter, she don’t know nothing … she don’t know anything that’s going on.”

Watch the entire interview here.


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