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Wife of man hurt in Denver gives birth

Aurora (Colorado), July 24 (Reuters): The wife of a man critically wounded in Friday’s shooting rampage at a screening of the latest Batman” film in Colorado gave birth to a baby boy today, hospital officials said.

Katie Medley was with her husband Caleb at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora when police say James Holmes opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others.

Caleb Medley was shot in the head and remains in critical condition. A website set up to raise money for his care,www.calebmedley.com/help, said he had lost his right eye, has some brain damage and is in a medically induced coma.

A spokeswoman for University of Colorado Denver Hospital relayed the following statement from the family: “The family is excited to say that Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 1311GMT this morning. Both mom and baby are doing great.”

Police say Holmes, 24, dressed in a gas mask and body armour and toting three guns, opened fire in the packed theatre shortly after the film began. The former neuroscience graduate student was arrested outside after the massacre.

Holmes, with his hair dyed shades of bright orange and red, made his initial court appearance yesterday. He will be formally charged on July 30. More than a dozen victims remain hospitalised, several in critical condition.

Final goodbyes

The families of those killed in the massacre planned their final goodbyes, their anger stirred by the sight of Holmes in a courtroom.

Tom Teves, the father of one of the 12 people Holmes is accusing of killing in the rampage, called the suspect “a coward” for allegedly attacking defenceless victims.

Robert Blache watched video clips from Holmes’s silent, seemingly dazed court appearance with his injured daughter Christina, who was shot in both legs. “He doesn’t look surprised at any of it, but he seemed amazed at what was happening. I’m pretty sure he’s not sane,” Blache said.

 
 
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