Weather Updates

4 years after sister’s slaying, mom shot while sleeping with baby

TonishiAllen 24 daughter Jaliyah 1. | Courtesy ABC7

Tonishia Allen, 24 and daughter, Jaliyah, 1. | Courtesy ABC7

storyidforme: 28787273
tmspicid: 10405085
fileheaderid: 4787903
Article Extras
Story Image

Updated: May 14, 2012 8:12AM

Bullets fired through the wall of a Far South Side home wounded a baby and her mother as they slept early Thursday — 4-1/2 years after the mom’s sister was shot to death.

Tonishia Allen, 24, was hit in the left leg and her 1-year-old daughter Jaliyah was struck in the head by a bullet at 1:20 a.m. while they were in bed in the 11900 block of South Calumet, police and relatives said.

They were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where Jaliyah was undergoing surgery in critical condition. Allen was treated for her wound and is recovering, officials said.

Police said someone fired through a wall and into the house. No one has been arrested. Police said they believe the shooting was gang related.

Allen’s mother, Tina Cornell, told reporters she heard two gunshots and her daughter cried out. She found her daughter on the kitchen floor, bleeding. Cornell said she went into the bedroom and picked up Jaliyah.

“I felt wet, something wet dripping out,” she said. “When I picked her up, she was bleeding from her head. ... I don’t know why it happened.”

Jaliyah’s grandfather, Omiah Newman, said he grabbed the baby and tried to keep her conscious.

“We already lost a daughter,” Newman said. “This thing has come back to haunt us again.”

Another of Cornell’s daughters was 24 when she was shot. Victoria Dysart was murdered on Aug. 9, 2007. She was sitting in a car in the 800 block of E. 87th after driving a friend home, police said.

Two gunmen approached the car and Dysart tried to drive away. She was shot in the head and crashed into a building, officials said.

Dysart had just earned her medical assistant’s license at Everest College in Marionette Park and was planning to become a nurse. She had two children. Tonishia Allen also attends Everest College, according to her family.

Dysart’s murder is listed as a cold-case on the Chicago Police Department’s website.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.