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Mom describes frantic, failed efforts to protect baby from hail of bullets

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Balethia Washington says the shooter knew she and her baby boy, Jaquail Mansaw, were inside. Balethia Washington says the shooter knew she and her baby boy, Jaquail Mansaw, were inside.
JaQuail would have turned turned 8 months old later this month. JaQuail would have turned turned 8 months old later this month.
Balethia Washington says she had just stepped inside a home in the 2700 block of North Early Street about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Within three minutes someone started firing. Balethia Washington says she had just stepped inside a home in the 2700 block of North Early Street about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Within three minutes someone started firing.
At this time it is not clear whether this was a random shooting or whether the house was targeted.  Police do not have a suspect description. At this time it is not clear whether this was a random shooting or whether the house was targeted. Police do not have a suspect description.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Police are searching for a killer who shot and killed an infant and injured his mother during a drive-by shooting.

Balethia Washington says she had just stepped inside her home in the 2700 block of North Early Street about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Within three minutes, someone started firing dozens of rounds.

She says the shooter knew she and her 7-month-old son, JaQuail Mansaw, were inside.

Washington said that six children were inside the home at the time of the shooting. JaQuail was watching his favorite cartoon.

She bent down and grabbed Jaquail and was holding him at the time of the shooting.

"I picked him up. I was trying to protect him," she said.

A bullet hit the infant, who later died at the hospital from his injuries. Washington suffered minor injuries.

"My son was shot and killed. He was an innocent bystander," the grieving woman said. "They took my baby away from me."

JaQuail would have turned turned 8 months old later this month.

"This has got to stop. This was my baby, my last baby. I can't have any more kids. I'm asking you to come together. ... Someone come forward, please, for my baby," Washington said.

The grieving mother says drive-by shootings must stop because innocent children are dying, including her son.

"He was a happy, sweet, loving baby. He kept a smile on his face. He just got his first three teeth. Happiest baby ever, and you all took him from me," she said.

Whoever fired the gunshots put many people in danger.

"Whoever did this was a coward to kill, to shoot up a house with a total of six children. I'm asking you all to come forward and let me know who did this. Contact the TIPS Hotline," Washington said. "It has to stop. It has to stop."

Police have not determined whether this was a random shooting or whether the house was targeted. Police do not have a suspect description. Family members say they cannot believe they were targeted.

JaQuail's parents do not have insurance and are asking for any help for burial and other expenses. To donate, click here.

Anyone who has information about this shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. Authorities say witnesses sometimes don't realize the valuable information that they have.

KCK detectives worked 30 homicides in 2014 compared to 29 in 2013.

Among those killed was 10-year-old Machole Stewart, who also died in a hail of bullets fired at her house as the family watched a World Series game. Authorities have not made an arrest. A 16-year-old was shot and killed in an alley last month.

KCTV5's Lindsey Mayfield, DeAnn Smith and Lisa D'Souza contributed to this report.

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