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1-year-old shot in the head, Pullman mother critically wounded

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: A mother and her little girl were shot Thursday morning as they were sleeping in their home on the far South Side.

Both victims were hit when bullets came through the window of their home. It happened just after 1 a.m. near 119th Street and Calumet.

The 24-year-old woman was shot in the leg, and the girl was shot in the head and was critically injured.

The mother's family said that she doesn't even live at the home regularly. She only stays there while going to school, trying to better her life.

The baby girl's grandfather spoke with FOX Chicago's Anita Padilla Thursday morning, and told her about how he tried to keep his granddaughter conscious while he waited for the ambulance to come.

The girl's grandmother woke him after they heard the shots, saying that she had found her daughter and grand-baby shot, bleeding on the kitchen floor.

Omiah Newman took the 1-year-old to the front room and tried to hold her to keep her safe, while his wife called 911. He said he'll never for get the image – he said there was just so much blood.

Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The child is in critical condition, but out of surgery. Both mother and baby are doing better.

Newman, who has 13 children, said the violence in Chicago must stop.

He was incredulous at the fact that people are coming up to other people's homes and firing shots into them, without even thinking if there are young ones present.

"It's just crazy how we're killing each other," Newman said. "The violence in the city is outrageous."

The child's aunt also spoke with FOX Chicago, asking where the parents of there"rambunctious" kids are, saying they need to be taught better.

"There no sense," she said. "[They] don't know how to exercise self-control."

Newman doesn't understand why this is all happening, and thinks the city has to try another approach to get the shootings to stop.

When asked his opinion about the city's push to keep kids safe by getting drivers to slow down with speed bumps or speed cameras, he called the proposal "a joke" in comparison to the violence in the city.

"We've got to get the guns off the street and the violence out of the community," Newman said. "Our babies are dying every day. We've got to do something fast."

He hopes the mayor and police superintendent will try another approach to stopping gang and gun violence, because the present strategy isn't working.

No one is in custody and Area South detectives are investigating.

Three more people were shot overnight, as well.

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