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The numbers on Chicago's child homicides

March 12, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

The shooting death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was the first time a child under the age of 1 had been shot to death in Chicago since April 2010, RedEye data shows.

Gunshot wounds rarely are the cause of death for infants who die in homicides. Most infant homicides in Chicago are the result of child abuse and trauma, according to the data.

A 7-month-old boy was fatally shot with four family members in a Chicago Lawn home on April 14, 2010. In January 2009, the 10-month-old daughter of ex-Chicago Bulls player Eddy Curry was shot to death on the Near South Side.

Homicides of children 12 and younger also are rare. Of the nearly 2,000 homicides in Chicago since Jan. 1, 2009, 2.7 percent of the victims were younger than 13, RedEye found.

tswartz@tribune.com

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