Mother speaks out after 1-year-old shot

April 14, 2012 10:00:00 PM PDT
The mother of a 1-year-old is talking about the shooting that left her daughter in critical condition.

Tonishia Allen, 24, was also wounded in the shooting early Thursday morning. It happened as they slept in the West Pullman neighborhood.

Tonishia Allen was treated at a hospital and released. While Allen is hopeful her baby daughter will survive, she says the one-year-old has had problems with her heart rate since the baby had surgery a few days ago.

So far, no one is in custody for the shooting that occurred while Allen and her daughter were sound asleep.

With the help of her parents, Tonishia Allen left Christ Hospital with the help of her parents. While Allen was released a few days ago, her one-year-old daughter, Jaliyah, remains in intensive care.

"She's strong; she's pulling through and everything, so I believe she'll come out of it," said Tonishia Allen.

Last Thursday, Allen and her daughter were sleeping at Allen's mother's far South Side home when someone fired shots through the wall of the house. Allen says she fell out of bed. Because her daughter was not crying, Allen did not think Jaliyah was hit - until she saw blood.

"She got hit in the top of the head - it went thru the brain and came out her left jaw or whatever, and that's the same bullet that hit me," said Tonishia Allen.

"It's just not the same; I'm used to seeing my grandbaby running around the house, and that's been taken away from us. Hopefully it's momentarily," said Omiah Newman, the baby's grandfather.

While Jaliyah's family is focused on the toddler's recovery, they want to know who fired the shots. Police say it may be gang-related. Last week's shooting comes four years after Tonishia Allen's sister was shot to death.

"They haven't even found out what happened to her - who did it; so we back at square one again, and it's really senseless how these young folks have these guns out here," said Tina Cornell, Jaliyah's grandmother.

"We don't do nothing to nobody; we didn't deserve it," said Tonishia Allen. "I just want justice for me and my baby."

Tonishia Allen was shot in the leg. She is expected to make a full recovery. However, it is touch and go for her daughter. Allen is confident the baby will make it with a lot of praying.

The family is asking for the public's help in finding the person who fired the shots at their home last Thursday morning.