The newborn child of an 8-month pregnant 35-year-old woman who was shot at her home in Chicago last week has died, authorities confirmed on Sunday.
Stacey Jones, a mother of two who moved from Tennessee to the Jeffery Manor neighborhood in Chicago about two years ago, was shot twice in the back while standing outside her home on Tuesday.
Jones delivered her premature son after being rushed to the University of Chicago hospital in a critical condition when she was found unresponsive on the porch of her home just after midnight, ABC 7 reported, citing Chicago police. She died shortly after.
The one-month premature infant was successfully delivered with the help of emergency medical services at Comer Children’s Hospital and was listed as critical for several days before passing away over the weekend. He was 4 days old.
“You took something from my family, from me. You took my heart, my firstborn, the sweetest little thing,” Tommy Baker, the father of the child told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s a loss that I’ll never get over.”
Authorities haven’t yet announced any arrests in the shooting incident. One person of interest was questioned last week on Oct. 15 and later released without charges, a Chicago police spokesperson told the network.
Jones is described in a GoFundMe fundraiser created to help pay for the funeral expenses as a “loving mother” who worked as a probation officer.
“Stacey Jones was a loving mother of two children whose life was cut short by a senseless act of violence,” 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,” it continues.
No other people got injured in the shooting and the motive is currently unclear. Jones her other two children were sleeping inside the home when she was struck by the gunfire.