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Mebane police: Baby,delivered after father allegedly shot mother, dies

Posted November 11, 2008 1:22 p.m. EST
Updated November 11, 2008 5:23 p.m. EST

— A pregnant woman who was shot in the stomach in October – allegedly by her husband – has lost her baby, according to Mebane police.

The baby, who was not hit by a bullet, died last week due to complications, according to Capt. T.A. Byrd.

Police have charged Robert Thompson Broom, 37, with attempted first-degree murder and other charges for allegedly shooting his pregnant wife, Danna Broom, on Oct. 3.

The baby was Robert Broom's biological child. Doctors had to deliver the baby early, at 27 weeks, as a result of trauma from the shooting.

Danna Broom survived and was receiving out-patient medical attention as of Tuesday.

Robert Broom was being held at in the Alamance County Jail under an $800,000 secured bond. He also was ordered to have no contact with his wife and to surrender his passport and weapons.

In addition to attempted first-degree murder, police charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree kidnapping.

Police said they originally thought Broom shot his wife, Danna Broom, on Oct. 4. They later said they believe he shot her earlier in the day on Oct. 3.

"Robert T. Broom unlawfully confined the victim (Danna Broom) and failed and/or refused to render aid or call for medical attention," police said when they arrested him.

That information led to the kidnapping charge.

Police went to the couple’s house, 1426 Birkdale Circle, around 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 4 in reference to a shooting. Officers said they found Broom’s wife lying on the bed in the master bedroom. She had been shot once in the stomach.

Emergency crews flew her to Duke Medical Center.

During the initial phases of the investigation, police said they believed the shooting was accidental. However, based upon more information, police said they believe Broom tried to kill his wife.

Last month, police searched the couple’s house. Later, they found Broom driving west on Interstate 40/85. Officers then pulled him over and arrested him, with help from the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office and the Graham Police Department.