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One-year-old girl shot, killed in Cape Girardeau during domestic disturbance

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CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A community in Cape Girardeau mourns the loss of a one-year-old girl who died after being shot in the head, according to police.

Neighbors, like Carolyn Waters, were saddened to learn about a domestic dispute that turned tragic. Police said it happened after an argument grew physical between a brother and sister.

"I was in shock," Waters said. "They never really caused any problems, that's why I say I'm just in shock, I'm just really devastated by it all."

Police received a call around 2:09 a.m. on Monday regarding the shooting incident off Green Acres Drive involving a one-year-old.

"When I heard it was an infant, my heart just really went out because I have grandchildren of my own so it just really hit home," Waters said. "Our youth are getting destroyed, they're not even getting a chance to live."

The sister, who was babysitting Tanksley for someone else, believes her brother, Isaac Egbuka, was aiming for her, according to police.

"The victim of the domestic is safe and we're all grieving for the loss of the infant," said Sergeant Rick Schmidt. "It's hard for even us and we're hard cops, we go to work everyday, but when it comes to kids, it's very different."

29-year-old Egbuka faces four charges in the shooting death — including second-degree murder, domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action. His sister told police Egbuka was intoxicated during the incident and she did not know he had a gun.

Egbuka was in custody as of Monday evening, held on a cash only $750,000 bond. 

"We can work through this and pray for the family, and the officers and the first responders that were there," Schmidt said.

From family members to neighbors to law enforcement, this tragedy hits many.

"My heart goes out to the family, as we know the family members there, and it also goes out for the infant, the mother and father that lost that infant," Waters said.

Here is the probable cause statement released by the Cape Girardeau County Office of Prosecuting Attorney:

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