NEWARK – A 16-year-old was arrested Saturday while shooting a 1-year-old girl in an argument with the toddler’s mother, city police said.

Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara said the child was in a car parked on 14th Avenue on 6th Street when the vehicle was fired at around 2 p.m. on April 12.

Police said the incident began when the child’s mother, Tytaneisha Wilder, 45, from East Orange, pointed a gun at a group that included the teen. The teen then shot Wilder and hit the toddler before running away. Police said the toddler was not the intended target.

“This shooting was the result of a pointless argument between the child’s mother and a group of people. We are confident that these arrests will bring this incident to a close and that there is no threat to the community,” said O’Hara.

Wilder was arrested after the gun she pointed to was found that day. She was charged on three charges of endangering a child’s well-being, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a gun, and possession of a gun for an unlawful purpose.

The teenager faces five charges: aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a gun, and possession of a gun for an unlawful purpose.

Family members said the child was taken to hospital for emergency surgery.

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