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Arrests made in Christmas Day shooting death of 1-year-old NC girl

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Three men have been charged in a drive-by shooting that fatally wounded a 1-year-old girl on Christmas Day as she played outside with her new toys.

In the latest arrests, Ramone Jamarr Alson, 22, and Pierre Je Bron Moore, 23, were each charged Monday with first-degree murder, according to a news release from the Chapel Hill Police Department.

Police had previously arrested 22-year-old Shaquille Oneill Davis on charges including attempted first-degree murder.

Orange County District Attorney James Woodall said in an email that Davis would appear in court again Tuesday and that any upgraded charges would be announced then.

Davis apologized in a video taken by television station WTVD after his arrest on Sunday.

"I apologize for what happened," he said. "Y'all know I didn't do anything to your daughter. I never would do such a thing like that."

Authorities said that 1-year-old Maleah Williams died Monday at a hospital after she was critically wounded Friday when shots were fired from a vehicle.

A Gofundme page set up by the girl's family says she was playing with other children outside an apartment building when she was hit in the head by gunfire. The family says a car drove up and someone opened fire, sending panicked parents to running to grab their children. The page had raised nearly $10,000 by Tuesday.

James E. Williams, the chief public defender for Orange County, didn't immediately respond to emails asking whether he knew who was representing the three men.

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