Reward for toddler’s killer swells to $25,000

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IRVINGTON, N.J. (PIX11) – A reward is growing for the shooters whose bullets flew into a New Jersey home and killed a 15-month-old girl.

The Essex County Crimestoppers Program is now offering $25,000 for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for cutting Sanai Cunningham’s life tragically short.

Sanai Cunningham was playing with her parents Oct. 11 in their new apartment on Ellis Avenue in Irvington, about 12 miles west of Newark, when a gun battle erupted on the street outside, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

It happened about 4:30 p.m.

Stray bullets pierced the wall of their second-floor home and struck Cunningham in her upper torso. The little girl was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators said at least three people are wanted in connection with the shooting but released no further information about those subjects.

In homicide cases, CrimeStopper program’s rewards typically start at $10,000. That this reward has more than doubled suggests leads and tips from the public are hard to come by.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers at 973-877-TIPS.