NEWARK, NJ — A 16-year-old boy was arrested this weekend for his connection to a shooting incident that injured a 1-year-old girl, authorities announced. 

Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara reported that the teen was arrested on Saturday for shooting an infant in Newark which occurred on April 12.

At around 2 p.m., police responded to a report of gunfire in the area of 14th Avenue and South 6th Street and were alerted that a 1-year-old had arrived at University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. The child is reportedly in stable condition, according to police. 

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Detectives arrested the 16-year-old after observing video footage of him firing at the child’s mother, Tytaneisha Wilder, of East Orange, police said. Wilder initially pointed a handgun at the group she was disputing with, according to police. 

After authorities recovered the handgun used by Wilder on April 12, she was arrested. She faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

The 16-year-old boy faces five counts of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Following the announcement of the arrests, O'Hara commended his detectives for their work on this case. 

“This afternoon, our Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested a 16-year-old male who fired at the vehicle where the 1-year-old child, two other teenagers and a male adult were seated that day,” he said. “This shooting was the result of a senseless dispute between the child’s mother and a group of individuals. We are confident that these arrests will close out this incident, and that there is no threat to the community.”

The New Jersey Department of Child Permanency and Protection has been notified of this incident.


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