Baby’s hand amputated after getting shot in moving car

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 3-month-old baby that suffered a gunshot wound to the hand will live the rest of his life without it.

The child and his mother were riding in the family's SUV near 51st Street and Walrond Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday when shots rang out.

Montea Theus is holding his son Lamontea a little closer these days. Aside from his gunshot wound, little Lamontea is a healthy baby boy.

"We've just been trying to maintain all his little medication and all that," Theus said.

It's been a tough three days for the infant. Early Saturday, Lomantea's mom told police she was driving on E. 51st Street taking a co-worker home, when she heard the shots and the sound of her back passenger window shattering.

Theus said his stunned and scared wife couldn't believe what she saw next.

"She stopped to check him and she felt blood," Theus said. The couple's baby boy was bleeding and crying after getting shot in his right hand.

Police said the innocent child was sitting in his car seat when he was hit.

Lamontea's mom rushed him to Research Medical Center, where he was transferred to Children's Mercy Hospital. It was there they got the heartbreaking news.

"His hand had so much damage to it, they had to amputate it," Theus explained. "I just hope everybody just stops the violence."

Theus is angry, but ultimately grateful that his son is still alive. Now he's focusing on his child's recovery.

Police have not made any arrests, and Theus can't explain who would shoot at his family.

"She wasn't into it with nobody, so why would they be targets?" Theus asked. "He's got a long road ahead of him for recovery."

Police are asking anyone with information to remember Lamontea, and call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.