A bullet remains in the tiny body of a 6-month-old baby girl from North Philadelphia who was one of several victims of gun violence in the city this weekend.
The girl’s great-grandmother sobbed as she looked out her first-story window yesterday afternoon at children playing below on Diamond Street near Reese.
Speaking in Spanish, the great-grandmother, who asked not to be identified, said that the baby is in critical but stable condition at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, according to a neighbor who acted as an interpreter.
She said that the bullet remains in her great-granddaughter’s body because the girl is too young to have it taken out.
According to police, the child was being held by her mother about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when they were caught in the cross-fire of two men shooting at each other on Diamond Street near Reese.
Police said that the baby was hit in the right arm, but her great-grandmother said that the bullet is lodged in or near her lung.
A neighbor, who asked to be identified as “C.C.,” said that she had just put her own son in the car when the gunfire broke out.
“C’mon — you have to have a little bit more respect for life than that,” she said. “They had to see all these kids out here, and an innocent one took one of their bullets.”
Police have not made any arrests in the case.