Mother of infant crash victim: I felt my baby take his last breath

Police in Indianapolis have arrested a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 6-month-old boy from Chicago earlier this week.

Gary Shinnamon II is charged with failure to stop at a fatal accident and driving with a suspended license.

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(Family photo: Yeshua Shafford, 6-months-old)

Both are felonies.

The accident happened late Tuesday near an on-ramp to I-65.

6-month-old Yeshua Shafford was ejected from his family’s car.

Police reports show Shinnamon was arrested for DUI back in 2012.

Shafford’s father said he tried to confront Shinnamon after the accident but Shinnamon and a friend ran.

“The waited good enough for him to turn his attention to someone else and they ran,” said Shafford’s mother, Kashica Whitfield. “”Cowards. They took my baby and they ran.”

Shinnamon surrendered to police Thursday.

“He wants me to know that he’s sorry,” Whitfield said. “I want him to know that I will never be able to see my baby again, so sorry don’t cut it.”

WGN News Writer, Judith Ruiz-Branch contributed to this story.

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5 comments

  • DAVID TRUE

    I AM SURE JOSEPH BREWER JR. MOTHER STILL GRIEVES HER BABY BOY TOO. IT'S SAD THE BABY LOST HIS LIFE , BUT TO KASHICA WHITFIELD AND WARREN , THINK ABOUT LIL JOE JOE , HE WANTED TO BE A POLICE HE LEFT BEHIND A GRIEVING MOTHER FAHTER BROTHERS AND SISTERS, A NEW BORN BABY GIRL TOO, HIS BABY WILL NEVER SEE HIM THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR MAN , . I HAVE FOLLOWED JOSEPH STORY AND AS AN FREE LANCE INTERNET REPORTER PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TOO EVEN TELL THE POLICE THAT YOU AND WARREN SET HIM UP, PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE IS A GOD AND YOU WILL SURELY SUFFER MORE WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND

  • penny chambers

    July 14th of 2013 Joseph brewer Jr lost his life from gun shots at the age of 16yrs old in the south deering area the parents of this baby were involved in his murder along wit 2 others that’s in custody at 26 California these parents moved to hide out so they will not be found police attempt to find them police visit they apartment several times no response so please don’t let this crime go undone as well his mom shed tears every day missing her baby to.the grandmothers together a are struggling to raise his 11month old baby girl who were 4months when the last she seen her father She will be one on the 19th of march

  • mike

    How was the child ejected from the car? Was there a car seat and was the child appropriately secured? Very sad story.

  • N.B

    This is really sad. My deepest sympathy for the loss of Baby Yeshua.During hard times as this, you can find comfort in God’s word the bible.Romans 15:5 says he is a God of comfort. By means of the resurrection,we have the hope of being reunited with our loved ones who have died John 5:28,29. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need.

  • GRIEVINGGRANDPARENT

    sorry about the lost , but whatever you do to people it comes back on you, the wages of sin is death , you helped your love one murder JOSEPH BREWER JR. ON JULY 14 ,2013 , REMEMBER HOW HIS FAMILY CRIED AFTER YOU ALLOWED YOUR COUSIN AND HIS FRIEND AND YOUR MAN TO RUSH OUT OF YOUR APARTMENT TO ROB HIM AND MURDER HIM. PLEASE DON'T USE THE LORDS NAME IN VAIN. OBEY THE LAWS OF GOD AND TURN AWAY FROM SIN . IF YOU TRULY KNEW THE LORD ,YOU WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN APART OF JOSEPH BREWERS MURDER. YOUR POOR BABY HAD TOO SUFFER FROM YOUR SIN , MAY GOD REST HIS SOUL , HE DIDN'T KNOW THE EVIL HIS PARENTS COMMITTED.

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