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CPD Supt. McCarthy: Slain infant’s father intended target of shooting

A baby has died one day after she and her father were targeted by an unknown gunman.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says the baby’s father was the intended target.

Monday’s shooting happened in the 6500 block of South Maryland, in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Police say 28-year-old Jonathan Watkins was changing Joneyela Watkins’s diaper in the front seat of a minivan, when someone walked up and fired several shots.

The baby was shot five times, including in her lungs, liver, bowel, leg, and shoulder.

The baby underwent surgery at Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.

“This morning, the baby passed away,” said the Rev. Corey Brooks.  “We have another tragedy in the city of Chicago.”

“They went through several surgeries.  A lot of the bleeding, they could not stop.  There was some complications with the liver and lungs,” said Brooks.

The baby’s father remains hospitalized at Northwestern Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Police have made no arrests.

Police say the shooter ran to a blue conversion van in a nearby parking lot and sped away.

“It’s hard to see the progress sometimes that’s being made in reducing violence and that’s for a very simple reason: as long as we have one victim in this city, particularly the tragedy of a child, it’s hard to recognize, ” said Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy at a news conference Tuesday.

Police are searching the area forsurveillance video but say at this point, they have no good witnesses other than the father. And he’s in no condition to cooperate. He was the intended target, McCarthy said at the news conference, not Joneyela

“No child, and certainly not an infant, should be the victim of gang violence,” McCarthy said.

Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church is offering $6,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

“The city of Chicago should be outraged that, in our city, a six-month-old baby could be shot and killed.  It’s horrific,” said Brooks.


81 Comments to “CPD Supt. McCarthy: Slain infant’s father intended target of shooting”

    QUEEN said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    God please watch over this family and bring the piece of crap to justice… R.I.P. Johneyela

      Donna said:
      March 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      I AGREE!!!!!

    Kay said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    This is really sad. I cant imagine what the mother is going through. R.I.P Sweet Little Angel.

      Blessed said:
      March 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      I agree Father GOD give this Mother peace that passes all understanding

    Jan said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    May the shooter rot in H#$% !

    karla davis said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    that need to put him under the jail he sick

      Linda said:
      March 12, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      To the shooter, one other person (the driver of the van) knows who you are, can you trust him BABY KILLER ($5,000.00 REWARD).

      DeeDee said:
      March 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      I totally disagree. They need to take him out back and shoot him. Why should we pay (tax dollars) to keep this guys locked up, eating 3 meals a day and a warm place to sleep.

      lilpezzy said:
      March 13, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      this bitch nigga got rotten ol hoe ass nigga

    Lilah said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM


    Evg. Linda Henderson said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Father in the Name of Jesus, replace sadness with joy even during the difficult time. Another Angel has gone home. Peace be with family. Let Jesus's loving arms surrounding you. Praying for you.

      Lovin GOD said:
      March 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      I agree he will work it out AMEN!

    JEANETTE said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM


    Just sayin said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I hope the people in Chicago do not rest and become numb to these events as part of everyday life in Chicago. I hope they find the coward that did it. I hope the community finds the strength it needs to stand up against it.

    RLC2BFREE said:
    March 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    I am crying tears for this baby and her family. May she rest in peace.
    Chicago cannot become so used to this type of violence that no one speaks up and turns in the killer of this baby.

    Camillia Williams said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Lord please comfort this family, and give the police the means to bring the killer to justice. This is an absolute tragedy and we need to stop this madness, killing the babies (rather 6 months or 19 years) is just too much. RIP

    GUESS said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM


    Dwayne said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    When we as a community of citizens (African Americans) decide to change our culture of "its about me and mine" and return to what has helped us to survive, " taking a community to raise a child and taking a church to raise a community", then will this madness change. A time not long ago when the parents of the community worked together to raise our children allowed us to grow together, play together, learn together, work together, those days need to return.!!!!!

      LINDA said:
      March 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM


    Lisa said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I don't understand why the mayor doesn't put a SWAT officer or a cop on EVERY corner and arm them with massive military rifles. I bet these gang members would stop shooting innocent people if they knew they would be pumped full of bullets when they got to the end of the block. Common sense. Put police on the streets. On every street and every corner. Enforce a curfew in these neighborhoods. When babies and innocent teenagers are getting murdered it's time to start a WAR AGAINST GANGS.

    STOP asking God for comfort and help after these things happen. If we are proactive then maybe they won't happen in the first place.

      In1Ear&OutUrMother said:
      March 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      because they don't have the $$$ to afford it…. PLUS this happened int he DAYTIME so your 1st comment is irrelevant. Unless the neighborhood steps up and takes charge, no one will and murders will go on and on….

      Rose said:
      March 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      As a southside Chicago resident who works in the Englewood area suggest that you round up all hardcore gang members who are trigger happy and induct them into the military. They want to shoot someone at least put it to good use and be more productive about it. Killing innocent people is only gonna get you time in jail or time in hell.

      Danielle said:
      March 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      What should the curfew be since this happened in the afternoon 9am???? You don't EVER stop asking GOD for comfort! If you lost a child or family member you'd cry out Dear God help me too. We need God at this time, put these gang members in Church or like the other person said send them all straight to the military. Most of them wouldn't even survive boot camp.

    anon said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    i now side with ra ghul, we should just burn chicago to the ground.

      MWS said:
      March 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Please. Chicago is a GREAT city. It's trashy neighborhoods like this one that need to be burnd down and the animals living in said neighborhood relocated to their own island to kill each other off. It is their way after all.

      Pamela said:
      March 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Seriously??!! There are still INNOCENT, HARD WORKING people that LIVE and WORK in the great city of Chicago…What needs to happen is that they get STRICT gun laws AND STICK TO THEM!!!….get all the croocked and corrupt POLICE OFFICERS out and get some GOOD HONEST police officers to take their place. Enough INNOCENT people are being killed WITHOUT burning Chicago to the ground….People please make intelligent, accurate comments or SHUT THE F&*% UP!!!

    deb said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    To the family: GOD is own the thrown! You have HIS attention!

    DIANA said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM


      Anonymous said:
      March 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Yep putting Chicago in your rear view mirror is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. Civilized people don’t live like this. These killings are the direct result of piss poor parenting. No we all must suffer and worry about our children cause someone else didn’t raise theirs!

      lilpezzy said:
      March 13, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      they need to do something i dont know whhy her dumb ass daddy go in a neighborhood he not wanted in or cant go because he in a different gang the father not gonna live either watch cause he in serious condition who ever did know what that did and intended on doing it to the father not the baby but i guess the shooter shot the closet thing to him which is a stupid ass move but you better believe when they do catch him he anit finna get no short time he gon be a long long time gone

    Lloyd Christmas said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    a public lynching of a black man? yeah I'm sure that will go over well.

    adriana said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    This is so sad, A baby tho really! He should be ashamed! It makes me sick to my stomach to even read this! But this has become a way of living in this city tho! As soon as I get the chance me and my 6 month old are Leave here and Never Looking Back!!

    #keeping this family in my prayers! R.I.P BABYGIRL

    shameka said:
    March 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    ohh lord guide this family in the healing path that they need to get thru this tragic moment of their lives. lord put your hands on the soul of the murderer and make him suffer til he realize what he havedone. Lord guide the police officers and help them in finding this boy because he need to be touched. what ever went on in his head he should have thought twice before pulling that trigger when he sent that innocent baby, but the devil working these street and hes taking control of our young ones. we as parent, leader, teachers etc…. need to reach out and help those that are in need of advice. lord help us lord guide us ohh lord strengthen us so we could stop the killings, the violent, the wars, the murders, the raping, the every SIN that needs to stop have to STOP. these innocent babies cant even imagine how it is to live life because of the mess in the USA this have to stop. to the family my prayer goes up everyday until that blessings come down to you all that they have found her murderer. may god be with you and may she rest in paridise PRETTY WINGS SWEETY god bless

    GIBSON said:
    March 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    the father was a gang banger – this was a targeted gang shooting. Momma got shot while she was pregnant with this poor baby. Although tragic – lets remember he was a gang member. He put his own daughter in jeopardy.

      Chile, Please! said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Are you serious? The mother was shot while pregnant with this precious baby?! Oh, I'm too outdone!!!

      This beautiful angel is truly with her Father in Heaven where she will NEVER again know harm.

    thomas said:
    March 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    My prayer goes out to the family this is so sad

    Annoyed in Chicago said:
    March 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    It is not the city of Chicago, it is the low income neighborhoods where gangs are allowed and encouraged to run free by the residents of these neighborhoods. Of course there was gang affiliation with the father and mother! I am pretty sure there is no one innocent here except for that poor baby. These parents with gang affiliations need to get it together, especially when you have children you are supposed to be caring for. Unfortuante situation for sure but the city of Chicago is not to blame, it is the cowards and parents who participate in gang activity and live in these low income neighborhoods putting their children at risk. The cops have a hard enough time doing their jobs without having to be proper "parents" to all of the kids growing up in these environments and neighborhoods.

      kirby1414 said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Great points! And lots of truth~

      Chile, Please! said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Amen @Annoyed.

      I was just asking why aren't the police investigating whoever threatened the trifling father with gun violence on his FB page last Sunday. That IS gang-affiliated, I don't care what anybody says. smh

    TATTED said:
    March 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM


    Will said:
    March 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    good job black people…all the Jesus in the world can't save you…go to school, get a job, take care of your family-signed a black guy

    bunnyland said:
    March 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    lord you the only one that can heal the family hearts my god i ask of you to bring justices to this family let the person that took away a innocent soul that had no clue of violence that came upon her behold in the pit of hell for this crime they have committed there is no words that can console this pain this evil person has brought upon this family only you my god can remove such pain i just pray for this family health and strenght and protect them in the blood of jesus christ…..

    MWSanders said:
    March 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I highly doubt the father didn’t have gang-relations. What I do know is that the mother will be pregnant again in a matter of weeks from a different non-ganger and will forget all about baby Sheniqua..or whatever its name was. That poor baby didn’t stand a chance….but you know what they say about taking the monkey out of the jungle.

      ISM said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      You need to be ashamed of yourself for this comment.

        MWS said:
        March 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Does the truth hit too close to home there, Buckwheat….so sorry to call you out on that.

      Chile, Please! said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      I seriously doubt you have a brain in your head.

      … And you know what they say about you in-bred homicidal krackers who massacre innocents at school (Sandy Hook, Columbine, Shepherd University, University of Texas, West Nickel Mines Amish School); mosques, movie theaters and company buildings.

      Get off of you mom's internet and move out of her basement, you piece of trash.

    Chile, Please! said:
    March 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Why aren't the police investigating whoever threatened the father with gun violence on his Facebook page last Sunday?

    If the father is a thug, God have mercy on his sorry soul for getting his child killed… and the mother for not only having a precious baby, but leaving this precious child with the thug of a father.

      ISM said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…
      Judge not lest ye be judged

        Chile, Please! said:
        March 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Mm-hmm… And let everything done in the dark be brought into the LIGHT.

    kirby1414 said:
    March 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    This is sad on so many levels of sadness. The Mother of this little angel is also responsible for this baby's death. She KNEW that the father was a gang banger – What good did she see would come of continuing to be associated with this piece of crap??? She was shot herself when she was pregnant…and that wasn't enough of a wake up to her? BOTH of these so called parents are responsible.
    The community needs to wake up and take back their community. The fault of this killing and all the other tragedies lies with both those that actually DO the crime and those that turn their heads and pretend that they don't see – -THEY SEE – and they are cowards!

      Chile, Please! said:
      March 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      PREACH, kirby1414!!!

    Will said:
    March 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Rahm Emanuel

    MWS said:
    March 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!

      Will said:
      March 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      like…signed a black guy

    Tommy Tee said:
    March 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Well once again a senseless shooting that leaves one of precious children dead. The sad fact is that when this guy gets caught…and then goes to court….the Sate's Attorney will more that likely make a deal where he ends up serving a few years in one of the minimum security prison. Were he can watch tv, listen to his radio, have recreation time….sitting on his butt waiting for his release date. Also he will more than likely be involved in gang activity there with the rest of his mob!!!! This is a fact!!!!! Why all this senseless Black on Black crime?

    Monica said:
    March 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    As a mom, my heart is hurting! This baby 6 months old, did nothing but live. This is disgusting! I pray that this heartless coward will have no rest and that is spirit will be in constant turmoil until he is brought to justice. Praying for the City of Chicago.

    DLY said:
    March 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Poor Baby.

    Will said:
    March 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    the Father should be charged with child endangerment and manslaughter

    Will said:
    March 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    President Obama does not care about black people

    Officer Keith Irvin said:
    March 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I am a twenty two year veteran of the Chicago police dept and i am appalled and devasted about this tradegy of the senseless murder of this precious angel.but I’m even more outraged that the father is a know gang member and drug dealer who put this angel in harms way with his lifestyle. And once again the family is stating that he is not a gang member check the facts.its a shame that in our community no one wants to take responsibility for the wrong things that they do.and the no snitch culture is just a travesty.we as police need help in solving crimes like this from the public but the sad fact of the matter is people know who these bloodsucking murders are and do everything to protect them. It’s a shame and as a black man I am devastated. But we as a people have fallen so far away from god that we no longer serve god but serve Satan and wonder why we are in the condition and times that we are in. The devil and man has made everything that Jesus and god tells us is wrong and wicked seem fair seeming.so now we live in a society were everything is ok.may god have mercy on all our souls and provide comfort to the mother and her family.

    ANONYMOUS said:
    March 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM


    Officer Keith Irvin said:
    March 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    I would also like to add that we as black men need to take back our communities and neighborhoods by not running out on our women and leaving them to raise our children especially our boys by themselves these are our sons,nephews,brothers that are out here in these streets. Our women are tired and over burdened with the task of trying to work,go to school and raise our children.so we as black men need to stand up and be counted and raise our boys. A women can raise a boy but she can't teach him how to become a man just like a man can raise a girl but he can't teach her how to become a lady. So black men lets all stand up and stand together and take back the head of our households and raise our boys and girls and love our beautiful black sisters. Then our women would love us and respect us like they want to because that's in their nature. We are the providers and protectors and our women are the teachers and nurturers of our children.and put god first and then we will be in oneness with god and he will bestow his favor on us and our children.

      Will said:
      March 12, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      it might be time to start physically running these boys off of our streets and out of our neighborhoods..they are effectively the black KKK

    shanta said:
    March 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    My heart was heavy yesterday to even hear about a 6month infant being shot! and now to know she didn't make it, just hurts my heart tremendously! This is sad Chicago we have to do better and take a stand and come together, this is beyond out of control. My prayers and condolence are with the family of this baby girl she didn't deserve for her life to be taking by a coward hell nobody deserves for another person to take life from them. Family stay strong and pray, pray, pray KEEP GOD FIRST , and, TRUST,and Believe He will get you through this! R.I.H Jonailyah

    Will said:
    March 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    The black community in Chicago is infected with sanctimonious fools and uneducated violent youth. A deadly yin and yang of complacency and violence that will continue to lead to the deaths of children and innocent adults. signed a black man

    Mannie said:
    March 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Unbelivable, there is no end in sight. Gang members gather in my neighborhood today around 79th Halsted. To
    Throw gang signs and sell dope and cigarettes.
    There is no end in sight.

      Will said:
      March 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      I see it everyday and the police officers just drive right by. Same thing from 79th and Cottage Grove down to the lakeshore.

    Enrique said:
    March 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    The alleged father knows whom his gang rivals are. It will be interesting to see if G-Daddy turns them in or “handles his business.”

    Serhiy said:
    March 12, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    What the hell has this world turned into.
    Gunman shoots a baby…??
    thats not a gunman thats a fucken metaly sick fucker

    TIM SIMS said:
    March 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM


    bobhamiltonchicago said:
    March 13, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    I think I would check to see if this baby had a life insurance policy on her. It seems clear the daddy used her as a shield. Where is baby mama?

    justice4jonylah said:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    First of all,

    Stop speaking on things that you don't know anything about. He was NOT a gang member. The reason he's being labeled as that is to make the police not have to do their actual job! When you label something as "gang related" it's easier to sweep it under the rug.


    The mother was caught in cross fire, which had nothing to do with her being a gang member. It's the neighborhood in which she lives in.

    He didn't put his daughter at risk. If the neighborhood is in the middle of a gang war, and he's open and out in the neighborhood, he'll be targeted because it's easy to get him.

    People think that they know everything that goes on in these neighborhoods but they really don't. Stop being so quick to believe what the media tell you.

    Justice for Jonylah!

      Chile, Please! said:
      March 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Well, your head's certainly been stuck in the sand. The father IS a gang member, with several dozens of arrests. It's people like you who enable the sick cycle of violence. SMH!

    Fernando said:
    March 18, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    thanks keep it up [] Rockland County Computer Repair

    grey7399 said:
    March 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    This child was born to die. Because of who her father was and what he chose to make of his life. Nothing could have saved her. If she hadn't been shot now, it might have happened later and if she survived she would have grown up to be her mother. A baby mama to a gang banger.

    I'm not sure what is the saddest here. I'm grateful her pain was short.

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