A newborn boy who was delivered after his mother was fatally shot in Chicago last week has tragically died four days later.
Stacy Jones, 35, was eight months pregnant when she was fatally shot on her front porch on the city’s South Side just after midnight on Tuesday morning, October 13.
The unborn baby boy was not struck by the gunfire in the shooting and was safely delivered by doctors but was hospitalized in critical condition at Comer Children’s Hospital.
Sadly, the baby died on Saturday at 2pm, aged just four days old, police have confirmed.
Stacey Jones, 35, (left, with her two sons and right) was eight months pregnant with her third child when she was fatally shot twice outside her home in Chicago. Police said the baby died on Saturday at just four days old
The single mother (pictured with her two boys) had two older boys, aged 7 and 11, who were sleeping inside the house at the time of the shooting and were unharmed
The single mother had two older boys, aged 7 and 11, who were sleeping inside the house at the time of the shooting and were unharmed.
Jones was shot twice in the back while standing outside her home in the 2100 block of East 95th place in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood of Chicago.
The mother had moved to Chicago two years ago after accepting a position as a Cook County probation officer and was said to be thrilled to be pregnant with her third son.
A GoFundMe page was set up for Jones’ family. On the page, Jones was described as ‘a loving mother’.
The page reads: ‘Stacey was a Cook County Adult Probation Officer who worked with offenders providing resources, monitoring and guidance in an effort to assist them in changing their lives.
‘This page has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses, medical care for her newborn, as well as provide for her children’s education,’ the page reads.
Officers responded to a report of gunfire at about 12.05am on Tuesday found the victim unresponsive on a porch on the city’s South Side with two gunshot wounds to the back, police said.
Stacey Jones’ father, Tommy Baker, described his daughter as a ‘devoted’ and ‘hardworking’ mother and said her killer is a coward for shooting her in the back
Officers responded to a report of gunfire at about 12.05am last Tuesday and found the 35-year-old woman unresponsive on a porch in the 2100 block of East 95th place (pictured) in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood
No charges have been announced in Jones’ murder. A person of interest was questioned last week and released without charges. Police at the scene investigating after responding to the shooting
Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, he said: ‘My daughter was a hardworking single parent. She was a devoted mother.
‘She did everything she could for them with the money she had. Family was everything to her, especially her boys.’
In a heartbreaking statement he added: ‘You took something from them. You took something from my family, from me.
‘You took my heart, my firstborn, the sweetest little thing. It’s a loss that I’ll never get over.’
The city of Chicago has been marred by recent bloodshed with shootings and murders up 50 per cent through September compared to last year, according to Chicago Police Department crime statistics.
In research, pictured, published last month Paul Cassell, a professor at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, looked at the rise in crime across the United States
The study found that ‘rates of homicide, aggravated assault, and gun assault began to increase significantly in late May’, which coincides with the start of BLM protests.
Paul Cassell, a professor at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah has dubbed the rise in crime across the US as the ‘Minneapolis effect’.
The city council in Minneapolis voted to dismantle the police and slash its budget after the May 25 death of black man George Floyd while in custody.
Cassell estimates that ‘as a result of de-policing during June and July 2020, approximately 710 additional victims were murdered and more than 2,800 victims were shot’.
No charges have been announced in Jones’ murder. A person of interest was questioned last week and released without charges.
Police found racially-tinged graffiti on the side of Jones’ apartment, but believe it was placed there as a diversion, according to the news station.
Authorities are encouraging anyone with information to call the Chicago Police Department or text 274637 to submit an anonymous tip.