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Pregnant Woman Fatally Shot, Surgeons Save Baby

December 11, 1995

DENVER (AP) _ A baby born by Caesarean section after her mother was killed during a domestic dispute struggled to survive today, breathing with the help of a hospital respirator.

Baby Goodloe, as hospital officials have dubbed her, was in critical condition. She was not wounded in the shooting, but may have suffered permanent damage from a lack of oxygen between her mother’s death and her birth, University Hospital spokeswoman Hilarie Portell said.

The baby’s mother, Oraleita Goodloe, 25, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon after she argued with her stepfather, Clifton Ashley, in her home, police spokesman John Wyckoff said.

Ashley, 47, turned himself in several hours later and was jailed for investigation of murder.

Goodloe was shot at least once in the head, once in the shoulder and once in the leg, Portell said. She died on the way to the hospital.

``It’s actually amazing that the baby didn’t get hit given the number of gunshot wounds that the mother sustained.″ Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell said.

In the seven minutes after Goodloe arrived at the hospital, Mitchell and emergency room workers rushed to deliver the baby, who was about four weeks from full term.

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