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Community outrage over toddler's death

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New Orleans, La. - An 18-year-old woman is recovering in the hospital from two gunshot wounds. Londyn Samuels, 13 months old, was killed in the teenager's arms. The 18-year-old woman was babysitting the child at the time.

"How could you shoot somebody with a baby in her arms," wonders her grandmother, who spoke with FOX 8 News Friday.

She isn't alone. Her frustrations are shared by the people of Central City and community activist who say enough is enough.

"Somewhere along the way, we dropped the ball. We've got war zones in residential areas," says Activist Al Mims.

Mims showed up on the crime scene Friday, holding the same signs he's carried for years.

"There are about 10 memorials out here. Babies killed were all under the age of 10. I see people with baby dolls and things. But we've got to stop putting up memorials and start putting some work into making things happen," says Mims.

In Central City alone, at least three toddlers have been murdered in as many years.

Jeremy Galmon was killed in 2010. He was hit by a stray bullet in a hail of gunfire.

Brianna Allen was killed in 2012 after being shot on her grandmother's porch during a child's birthday party.

Now, little Londyn Samuels has lost her life as well.

"Not a lot has changed and it's a shame. Something's got to happen. It's pretty relevant that police cannot do it by themselves. We need neighborhood groups to get involved and help these kids," says Keith Yost.

Desperate for peace, they hope the latest murder of little Londyn Samuels will be the last in a string of innocent young victims.

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