Images have emerged of a seven-month-old girl being found alive in a bullet car after her mother protected her from the gunfire that killed nine members of a Mormon family in an ambush of a drug cartel.
Christina Langford Johnson was one of the shot when cartel cannons opened fire on a dirt road in the northern Sonora state of Mexico on Monday.
She is credited with saving the life of her daughter Faith after storing her car seat on the floor of her suburbs while the gunfire rang.
Family says that Christina then stepped out of her vehicle and waved her arms to show the shooters that she was no threat.
She may have been removed from the vehicle to divert their attention because her bullet-ridden body was found about 15 meters away from the SUV.
Footage has emerged of the moment a baby girl was found alive in a bullet car after her mother Christina Langford Johnson protected her Monday from the gunfire in Mexico
Since then, video has appeared of baby Faith who was found unharmed more than eight hours later and tied up in her car seat when family and authorities arrived on site.
Faith has since been reunited with her father Tyler Johnson and was portrayed smilingly while embracing her at home.
Christina and two other mothers rode in separate vehicles with their children from their religious community La Mora, a decades-old settlement in the state of Sonora, founded as part of a spur of the Mormon church.
Rhonita Miller and four of her children – her six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, her 10-year-old daughter Krystal and the 12-year-old son Howard – were all killed.
Dawna Langford and her two sons, Trevor (11) and Rogan (3), were also shot.
Eight children, some only babies, survived the ambush. The surviving children not only escaped the gunmen of the drug cartel who murdered their mother, but managed to hide in the brush for hours until help arrived.
The five injured children were seriously injured so that Mexican authorities flew them to the border with a military helicopter to receive hospital care in the United States. Sonora's state officials said they were & # 39; stable & # 39; were at the time of transfer.
Christina Langford Johnson is credited with saving the life of her daughter Faith after she stowed her car seat on the floor of her suburbs while the gunfire rang. Faith has since been reunited with her father Tyler Johnson and was portrayed smilingly while embracing her at home
Soldiers assigned to the National Guard of Mexico stand by a bullet-riddled vehicle of one of the mothers shot in the cartel ambush that killed nine
Ruined relatives of the killed victims visited the scene of the horrific murders late Tuesday and were sobbing as they watched the burnt-out and bullet-hit SUVs
Three other children who have not been injured, including baby Faith, take care of family members in La Mora.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, heroic details emerged about the attack, including how Christina got her daughter out of the way.
Dawna & # 39; s fast-thinking 13-year-old son Devin was also credited with saving lives after covering his wounded siblings to hide them before walking 13 miles to get help from relatives back in La Mora .
Relatives say he reached the community six hours later.
Family members warned the authorities before arming themselves with weapons to search for the injured children. During this search, baby Faith was found in the back of the vehicle.
What the children have experienced in the remote, mountainous area of the state of Sonora is almost indescribable.
Kendra Miller, a family member, said in a shooting report that Devin was one of the few non-injured young people and quickly took the lead and eventually returned to La Mora for help.
& # 39; After seeing his mother and brothers shot, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help, & # 39; she said.
At least three American mothers and six children from a Mormon community in northern Mexico were massacred during an attack on armed drug cartel shooters. Maria Rhonita Miller was murdered together with her six month old twins, Titus and Tiana (left and right), her 10 year old daughter Krystal (left) and the 12 year old son Howard (middle)
Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and two of her children, Trevor, 11, (right with his mother) and Rogan, 3, (left) also died in the attack
& # 39; When it took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again. & # 39;
That girl, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, walked for hours in the dark before being found several hours after the other kids were saved. She was reported missing for a while.
All in all, the children were alone from about 1 p.m. when the ambush began, until about 7.30 p.m. when they were rescued.
The suspect – only identified as a 30-year-old man named Leonardo – was found at the end of Tuesday in the city of Agua Prieta, directly on the border with the US state of Arizona, who held two hostages who were pinched in a vehicle and tied up
In recordings of calls between rescuers, they can hear debating whether it was better to risk more lives, or to wait an hour or two for the Mexican army troops to arrive. It was a painful decision.
What they saw when they found the kids was frightening.
Dawna's eight-year-old son, Cody Greyson Langford, was shot in the jaw and leg. Her 14-year-old daughter Kylie was shot in the foot and four-year-old Xander was shot in the back.
Brixon, a nine-month-old, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Her son Jake was found wounded in the same place, but it is not clear what his injuries are.
A suspected drug lord was arrested at the end of Tuesday and is being investigated for the slaughter of the LeBaron family.
The suspect – identified only as a 30-year-old man by the name of Leonardo – was found in the city of Agua Prieta, directly on the border with the US state of Arizona, who held two hostages who were pinched and tied in a vehicle.
Authorities said the suspect, who is part of an El Chapo rival cartel, was also found in possession of four assault rifles and ammunition, as well as several large vehicles, including a bulletproof SUV.
The hostages are not believed to be family of the nine victims of the LeBaron family.
Authorities said the suspect, who is part of an El Chapo rival cartel, was also found in possession of four assault rifles and ammunition, as well as several large vehicles, including a bulletproof SUV
Destroyed relatives of the killed victims visited the scene of the horrific murders late Tuesday and were sobbing as they watched the burnt-out and bullet-hit SUVs.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Wednesday that he was open to allow US law enforcement to help with the massacre investigation, as officials revealed that the weapons used in the attack were being smuggled out of the US
Officials have said that the cartel cannons may have mistaken the large SUVs of the group for those of a rival gang amidst a vicious grass war.
They also blamed the Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea, for the attack on the LeBaron family.
The shooters of La Linea had entered the cartel area of Sinaloa and had set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further down the road.
The Sinaloa cartel was previously led by Joaquín & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzmán. The area where the attack took place is dominated by a Sinaloa cartel spur called the Salazar.
The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to send a message that it controlled the road to Chihuahua. It was this invasion force that drove the American mothers and their three vehicles.
Only after the family's first vehicle was shot and set on fire did 50 or 60 Sinaloa cartel guns show up to see what had happened.
& # 39; It is believed that the La Linea criminal organization acted on a threat from the Salazars to enter Chihuahua, & # 39; said General Homero Mendoza. & # 39; It decided to send a cell to the city limits of Janos and Bavispe … This cell was sent to stop any criminal raid from Salazar to Chihuahua. & # 39;
The military general also said that La Linea and the Salazars were involved in another shootout earlier on Monday that resulted in the death of a man.
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