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Baby Shot Dead While Dad Changed Her Nappy - Months After She Was Shot In Mother's Womb

14/08/2014 16:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
Baby shot dead while dad changed her nappy - months after she was shot in mother's womb

A six-month-old baby girl has died after she was shot five times during an attack on her father - just months after her mother was shot and wounded while she was still in the womb.


6-Month Old Baby Shot Five Times

Jonylah Watkins was hit in her lungs, her liver, her leg, her shoulder and her bowel when a gunman opened fire in broad daylight on Monday in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago as her father Jonathan Watkins changed her nappy.

Mr Watkins, 29, an alleged gang member, was the target of the attack. He was shot twice, but survived and is in a critical condition in hospital.

Jonylah underwent several hours of surgery at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago but doctors couldn't save her life.

Mr Watkins told the Chicago Sun-Times from his hospital room that he was devastated by the death of his infant daughter.

"I was trying to help. I was trying to help. I was trying to help her," he said, breaking down.

Still, he claimed he has no idea who shot him or why he was targeted.

The shooting comes months after her mother Judy, 20, was hit by a gunman when she was pregnant with Jonylah.

Her family said Mrs Watkins was hit in the knee when she was eight months pregnant as she walked home with a group of women. She was at work at McDonald's when her daughter was fatally wounded on Monday.

In January and February this year, 57 people were killed in Chicago - most of them victims of gang-related shootings on the south side of the city.
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