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L.A. City Council issues $75,000 reward in toddler's death

May 25, 2011 |  5:30 pm

The Los Angeles City Council has issued a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for a shooting that killed a toddler and left his uncle in critical condition.

Lanow.child Shortly after nightfall Monday, gunfire broke out in the South Los Angeles neighborhood where 22-month-old Joshua Montes lived with his family. Minutes before, Joshua's uncle, Josefat Canchola, had carried the boy out the back door to play.

Both were struck in the head by the spray of bullets that investigators believe may have been intended for someone else. They were taken to a hospital, where Joshua died soon afterward. Canchola remains in critical condition, his family said.
Councilwoman Jan Perry said she hoped the reward would help police find whoever is responsible for this "unimaginable crime."

"These people obviously have no regard for human life, and we need to do everything in our power to find them before they hurt someone else," she said.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to contact Newton Area detectives at (323) 846-6556. 


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Photo: Joshua Montes