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Courtesy the Family(CHICAGO) — Police are questioning a person of interest in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 6-month-old Chicago baby, reported ABC’s Chicago station WLS-TV.

Jonylah Watkins was shot five times, along with her father, Jonathan Watkins, 29, in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood on March 11. Watkins was changing his daughter’s diaper in a car when police said someone fired on the pair.

Jonylah’s parents held hands at a news conference Sunday as their pastor, Corey Brooks, said they hoped that whoever killed their baby would be brought to justice.

“We think that every day it is going to happen. Every single day we are hopeful and thankful, you know, that it is going to happen,” Brooks said, as reported by WLS. “We are hoping that it will be in the next 24 hours.”

A Chicago police spokesman declined to comment to ABCNews.com, citing the ongoing investigation.

Baby Jonylah became the face of Chicago’s gun violence epidemic when she was sprayed with bullets almost three months ago by an assailant who police said they believe was targeting her father.

The 6-month-old was treated at Comer Children’s Hospital, where she died of her injuries the next day.

“This is another tragedy, because no child, certainly not an infant, should be a victim of gang violence,” Garry McCarthy, Chicago’s police chief, said after the shooting. “Although there are a lot of angles that we’re pursuing, there are very strong gang overtones to this particular event.”

Police said Jonathan Watkins had known gang affiliations, but Brooks, his pastor, said that Watkins was not affiliated with any of Chicago’s four major street gangs, and had not been in trouble with the law since 2007.

As Watkins stood behind Brooks on Sunday, the pastor said the 29-year-old had been inspired to better his life after the fatal shooting of his daughter.

“Jonathan has been very cooperative. He has worked with the police diligently, and he wants the person to be caught,” Brooks said.

“He’s working now. The fact that he’s getting a GED, all of that stuff, was not happening before,” he said. “Even though this was a horrific thing that happened, we are going to try to do our very best to make their life a better life.”

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Mar 222013
 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) — Two teenage suspects, one as young as 14, have been arrested in the shooting death of a 1-year-old Georgia boy, who was killed as his mother pushed him in a stroller, police announced Friday.

Chief Tobe Green of the Brunswick Police Department said that Demarquis Elkins, 17, and a 14-year-old unidentified suspect whose name has been withheld because of his age, were arrested early this morning in connection with the baby’s death, and both have been charged with first-degree murder.

“We are still investigating the motive, but we are trying to turn every stone to make sure we get a motive,” Green said.

Green declined to provide further details, other than to say it continued to be an open investigation, and that no weapon had yet been recovered.

Under Georgia law, Elkins is considered an adult, Green said, but the younger suspect is considered a minor.

“We are still following up on leads from our witnesses and are still involved in collecting evidence,” Green said. Search warrants had been issued at three locations near Brunswick, which has a population of about 15,500 people.

Brunswick police, along with a SWAT team and various agencies, had launched a vast manhunt across the Glynn County area in search of the two teenage suspects after the shooting on Thursday morning.

Sherry West, the 41-year-old mother of the child, told police she’d been walking her 13-month-old son, Antonio, in a stroller Thursday morning through their Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood when two African-American boys approached her and demanded money. When she told them she didn’t have any money, West said one of the boys pulled out a handgun.

“He said, ‘I’m going to kill you if you don’t give me money,’ and I said, ‘I swear I don’t have any,”‘ West told WAWS-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.

West said she tried to shield her child with her arms, but the gunman shoved her and shot the baby in the head. West was shot in the leg.

Going on West’s description, police said they began looking for two African-American boys between the ages of 10 and 15 years old since Thursday. No details about how the suspects were arrested were given.

Officer Todd Rhodes, a spokesman for the Brunswick Police Department, confirmed that the weapon used in the shooting was a handgun but declined to describe it further.

Since the shooting, police said 30 different leads had been called into the Brunswick Police Department and the Glynn County Police Department, or were submitted through email. Police said the Glynn County School Board Campus Police had been assisting law enforcement in combing school attendance records for leads.

 

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Mar 042013
 

File Photo (Hemera/Thinkstock)(CINCINNATI) — Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo have taken on a new role: surrogate mommy.

An infant gorilla was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, on Jan. 29. Her mother rejected her. She was flown to Cincinnati, where two gorilla mothers were available as surrogates.

But before Gladys can be left in their care, a cast of zookeepers will have to step in and teach Gladys how to be a gorilla.

“Gorillas are not a lot different than people in that they have their own language and rules of etiquette,” Ron Evans, primate team leader for the Cincinnati Zoo, told ABC News.  “They have to start learning these rules from the day they are born.”

This kind of surrogacy is practiced with several species of apes, including chimpanzees and orangutans.

A rotation of three are already wearing black hair vests,  grunting, grooming and walking on their knuckles around her. Once Gladys is strong enough, they’ll don black hair vests and carry her around, just as a biological mother would do.

Gorillas are carried by their mothers for their first 18 months, and only weaned at about three years.

“There are good moms and bad moms, just like humans,” said Ron Magill of the Miami Metro Zoo. “Sometimes new moms will reject their babies.”

Now the baby gorilla is being raised by six human surrogates who will tend to her around the clock.

They don’t want any one surrogate to get too close, because that could create attachment issues once Gladys is sent to live with her gorilla surrogates.

The workers give her daily checkups and participate in activities  such as Tummy Time to strengthen her neck muscles, and practice gripping.

The interaction is intended to prepare Gladys for her new ride — on the back of an adoptive gorilla mother at the zoo — as well as prepare her to join the rest of the troop.

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Mar 042013
 

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The premature baby who initially survived after its parents were struck by a car and killed while they were on their way to a New York hospital has died, a family neighbor said.

Isaac Abraham, a community leader in Brooklyn and a neighbor of the dead couple, confirmed the death of the baby Monday morning.  The baby died from injuries overnight at New York’s Bellevue Hospital.  The baby, who was about 3 pounds, sustained brain and other internal injuries, Abraham said.

Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were killed early Sunday morning in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a tight-knit neighborhood made up of primarily Orthodox Jews.  Emergency workers at the scene of the accident managed to rush Raizy Glauber to a nearby hospital where doctors performed a Cesarean section to deliver the baby, according to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

Police are searching for the driver of the BMW and a female passenger, who fled on foot after the accident.  Police say they believe they know the identity of the driver, but have not been able to locate the person.  Detectives are showing his photo to possible witnesses, WABC reported.

Police have charged a woman who had co-signed the vehicle’s lease with insurance fraud.  The woman has been charged with allowing a third party to use the vehicle without notifying the insurance company.

Raizy Glauber, who was six months pregnant with the couple’s first child, was not feeling well Saturday night.  Her husband called a car service and they were en route to the hospital when the accident occurred after midnight Sunday morning.

The engine of the livery car ended up in the backseat, where the pregnant woman was sitting before she was ejected, Abraham told WABC.  Raizy Glauber’s body was found under a tractor trailer.

Jewish law calls for burial of the dead as soon as possible, and hours after their deaths, the Glaubers were mourned by at least 1,000 people, many with anger toward the two people in the BMW.

“Give yourself up.  Make the pain a little easier, and at least we’ll know you’re not a coward,” Abraham said.

A succession of men and women delivered eulogies in Yiddish, sobbing as they spoke into a microphone about the young couple.

“I will never forget you, my daughter,” said Yitzchok Silberstein, Raizy Glauber’s father, according to WABC.

The Glaubers were married about a year ago, according to friends and family.

“Just two amazing people, two lovely people,” Nachman Glauber’s cousin Sarah Gluck told WABC.  “We lost two lovely people.”

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Mar 042013
 

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A young Jewish Orthodox couple was killed early Sunday morning in New York City while in the back of a cab on their way to deliver their first child. 

The baby boy was delivered by emergency C-section and listed in serious condition.  Authorities say the baby boy is premature, but is expected to survive.

According to authorities, Nathan and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were in the back of the cab around 12:30 a.m. when it was struck by a BMW at an intersection in Brooklyn.

The New York Daily News reports that it’s not clear if the cab driver stopped for a stop sign.  The newspaper says the BMW did not have a stop sign at the intersection.  Police say the driver of the BMW and a passenger abandoned the car after the crash and fled on foot.

The impact of the collision ejected Raizy Glauber from the vehicle, and the pregnant woman was found underneath a parked tractor-trailer.

The couple was buried in separate funeral services on Sunday afternoon.

Relatives of the couple will now raise the infant.  The baby will be named after his dead father.

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