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INDIANAPOLIS – A young mother was shot in the head Christmas night and authorities continue to investigate who was responsible for the shooting.

Phantasia Littlefield, 25, was walking with her brother around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 25. They had left 5 minutes beforehand and were only 2 blocks away from home. The siblings were walking near the 3400 block of Clifton Street. They were carrying presents and were on their way to get more.

“I heard they were walking. (Then) a car went by them. (Someone) called my daughter a name. She kept walking, ’cause that’s happened before and they turned around (and) came back. (They) told her they wanted the phone,” Mary Schoettner said.

Schoettner is Phantasia Littlefield’s mother. She was told her daughter started crying when she saw the gun. Schoettner said the siblings were pushed up against a wall. Phantasia Littlefield was shot in the head.

“I was actually sleeping-off Christmas dinner, and my son came running in the house saying ‘sissy’, Phantasia, had been shot. I got up. (I) ran out (of) the house without getting dressed…(I) got down there. She was laying in the street,” Spiro Littlefield said.

Spiro Littlefield is Phantasia Littlefield’s father. He has not left Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. He does not want to leave his daughter alone. He said she is stable. She is in a medically induced coma and may not be able to use the left side of her body.

“They took her phone. (They) took money. Everything except for a couple of gift cards and credit cards,” Spiro Littlefield said.

Family, friends, and Phantasia Littlefield’s fiance have visited the young mother in her hospital room. Phantasia Littlefield and her fiance have a daughter together. She is almost 2.

“I can’t explain it (to) the baby. She would have no clue. She can’t see her (mother). She’s lost. I mean. My best fiend is in that hospital bed,” Schoettner said.

Phantasia Littlefield’s parents want to know who was behind the shooting.

“Why do it at all, but why her? I just need to understand,” Schoettner said.

IMPD authorities continue to investigate the shooting. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS.

“You’ve taken a lot from her family. Phantasia was due to graduate in May from chef’s academy. She worked so hard (to be on) the honor roll. Now that’s been put (in) jeopardy. I know her daughter misses her. Now it’s going to be a uphill battle,” Spiro Littlefield said.