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**Editor’s Note: The author is the President of Crime Stoppers of Racine County.

Members of the board of Crime Stoppers of Racine County Thursday approved a $1,000 reward for the tip(s) that lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who shot a 4-year-old girl Nov. 5 while she sat in a car at 18th and Villa in the City of Racine.

Ja’Nyela Marsh-Highshaw was sitting in a car with her family before 6 p.m. Nov. 5 when she was shot in the head. After being transported to Wheaton Franciscan, Ja’Nyela was airlifted by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Ja’Nyela remains critical but stable condition. Jannika Marsh, the little girl’s mother, told Fox 6 Now that her daughter remains on a ventilator to help her breathe, but is down to just one machine instead of two.

“Everybody has that faith that she`s going to get up. And she is. When we talk to her, we do get a change in vitals. I had a meeting with the neurosurgeon and they said as far as they can see, she`s winning the fight,” Janikka is quoted as saying.

Racine Police Department investigators need the public’s help apprehending the suspect(s) responsible for shooting Ja’Nyela. Witnesses reported hearing several shots fired, and while police are following leads, they do not have anyone in custody.

Crime Stoppers offers a way for citizens to report information without giving their names. All calls and texts are completely anonymous.

Tips can be reported by calling 1-888-636-9330, via web at:, or by text message: RACS to 274637(crimes).