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Jonylah Watkins: Police question possible suspect in baby girl`s shooting

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago police reportedly questioned a suspect in the shooting death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins on Sunday. The baby girl was fatally shot on March 11.

A gunman opened fire on Jonathan Watkins, Jonylah's father, as he changed her diaper in a minivan in the 6500 block of South Maryland. Jonathan suffered three gunshot wounds, and a stray bullet hit the 6-month-old. She died one day later. Her father survived.

Police believe the Woodlawn shooting was gang related and Jonathan was the intended target.

Local law enforcement arrested the shooting suspect on Saturday. The man has not been charged in Jonylah's murder, but the clock is ticking. Area Central Detectives only have 48 hours to bring charges after taking a suspect into custody in a case like this.

The Chicago area's reaction to the baby girl's death was overwhelming. It renewed the public's outcry for an end to violence in the city, which echoed long after she was laid to rest.

Although Jonylah's parents did not speak to the press on Sunday, family spokesman Pastor Corey Brooks did make a statement. He said this has been a life-changing experience for Jonylah's family, especially for Jonathan Watkins.

"There has been a lot of growth in their marriage, in their relationship," Brooks said. "He is working now [and] he is getting a GED. All that was not happening before. Even though this was a horrific thing that happened, we're going to try to make a better life."

Pastor Brooks said Chicago police have been keeping the family abreast of all of the developments in this case. He said officers talk to them every day to let them know where things stand. Jonylah's family has said they are glad the police are so dedicated to their daughter's case.

"Whatever the police ask of Jonathan do, in his power, he's going to do it," Brooks said. "He has been cooperative since Day 1. Whatever he can do to help the police department solve this case, he's definitely going to do that."

FOX 32 News will update this story as soon as further details develop. 



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