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Dad, baby shot during diaper changing


This news story was published on March 12, 2013.
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CHICAGO, March 12 (UPI) — A father and his infant daughter were shot Monday afternoon while he was changing her diaper in a minivan parked on Chicago’s South Side, police said.

The baby, identified by relatives as Jonylah Watkins, 6 months, was in critical condition after being struck by at least one bullet, authorities said. She had a wound in her right shoulder and a bullet lodged in her left thigh.

Her father, Jonathan Watkins, 29, was hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition with a bullet wound to his left side and right buttock. A bullet also grazed his face, police said.

Police said the shooter approached on foot shortly before 1 p.m. and began firing while Watkins was standing by the minivan’s open front passenger door and the infant was laying on the front seat, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The gunman ran to a nearby parking lot and got in a blue conversion van.

No arrests had been made.

Dominique Young, 21, the baby’s aunt, said she and other relatives were walking on a nearby street when they heard about 10 “big gun shots.”

Other family members said the girl’s 20-year-old mother was working at a McDonald’s at the time of the shooting.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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