Batman shooting: 'miraculous' escape for unborn baby

As suspect appears in court, mother who lost her six-year-old daughter appears to have kept her baby

LAST UPDATED AT 13:02 ON Mon 23 Jul 2012

THE survival of an unborn baby inside the womb of a pregnant woman shot during the Colorado cinema massacre has been called "a miracle”.

Twenty-five-year-old Ashley Moser was shot six times in the neck and stomach at the fateful screening of the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, at the Century cinema in Aurora.

Moser's brother, Robert Sierra, told reporters: "I don't know how, but she still has the baby. Yesterday I was told she had lost it and today it's okay."

But the good news is accompanied by tragedy: Ashley Moser was finally told yesterday that her six-year-old daughter, Veronica, was killed during the attack.

The Times reports that Moser has been drifting in and out of consciousness ever since she was critically injured during the massacre that killed 12 and injured more than 50 people. She had been constantly asking for Veronia, the gunman's youngest victim.

President Barack Obama visited Aurora yesterday to meet the survivors and families of the dead. Outside the University of Colorado Hospital he said: "I come to them not so much as president, as I do as a father and husband."

The Guardian reports that Obama's speech was notable in what he did not say: he deliberately avoided saying the suspect's name – James Holmes, who appears in court today – preferring to focus on the story of the victims.

The president said he had shared hugs and tears, but also laughter, as the families recounted the lives of their loved ones. Both he and his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, have dropped election advertising in Colorado out of respect for those affected.

Following the cancellation of the film's red-carpet premiere in Paris on Friday, similar events in Japan or Mexico have been scrapped.

Christian Bale, who plays Batman in the film, said of the victims' families: "Words cannot express the horror that I feel... my heart goes out to them." · 

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