A South Side man was charged Monday with killing baby Jonylah Watkins and wounding her father because he was angry the dad stole a PlayStation, police said. In March, Jonylah was shot multiple times while her father — a known gangbanger — was changing her diaper while sitting in a parked vehicle. Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins, was also wounded in the drive-bye-shooting, and survived his wounds. Watkins’ cooperation is what led to the arrest of Koman Willis.
Koman Willis, of the 7800 block of South St. Lawrence, was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery, said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney.
Willis surrendered to police Saturday afternoon, accompanied by an attorney, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.
“He knew we were looking for him,” McCarthy said.
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Authorities said they believe the shootings were in retaliation for Jonylah’s father allegedly burglarizing Willis’ mother’s home. A PlayStation videogame device was among the items stolen, officials said. Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins, probably won’t be charged in the burglary, McCarthy said.
Watkins suffered three bullet wounds. At the time of the shooting, Watkins told the Chicago Sun-Times from his hospital bed that he didn’t know who shot him.
McCarthy said the shots were fired from behind Watkins, who was sitting with Jonylah in his lap in a minivan in the 6500 block of South Maryland.
“He may or may not have seen him,” McCarthy said, adding that police don’t think Willis was trying to hit the baby.