City leaders speak out after baby shot and killed
Gang violence has claimed the life of a 6-month-old baby.
The child’s father survived. Police say he was the intended target. They say he has yet to enlighten police which is not helping solve the murder of his own daughter.
Jonylah Watkins was inside a minivan on the city’s south side yesterday afternoon. Her father, Jonathan, was changing the child’s diaper when gun shots rang out and the infant was struck multiple times. She underwent several surgeries at Comer Children’s Hospital and died today.
Today the child’s mother visited the crime scene surrounded by family and friends.
The baby’s father remains at Northwestern Hospital, police say still unable to help with the investigation.
As police search for young Jonylah’s killer, they are trying to find anyone who saw something yesterday to help take one more gunman off the street.
“At this point we don’t really have a good cooperating witness,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.
20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran took an unconventional approach to reducing gang violence. With some help, he says has spoken to gang leaders telling them not to protect anyone killing the innocent caught in gang crossfire.
Mayor Emanuel also spoke out on the shooting and called it “senseless and despicable.”