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ST. LOUIS - Two 11-year-olds have been shot in the City of St. Louis in less than a week, and Police Chief Sam Dotson says parents have to be more responsible for their children.

Some child advocates who say it's not just the parents fault.

"These two children did absolutely nothing wrong," said Chief Dotson.

Last week 11-year-old Antonio Johnson was killed from gunfire while he sitting inside his home.

Early Tuesday morning an 11-year-old girl and her father were both shot in the back when they left a White Castle drive thru at 3 a.m. They remain in critical condition and police say the two incidents are unrelated.

"Their parents who are responsible for protecting them really put them in situations where they weren't protected," said Chief Dotson.

Dr. Jerry Dunn, with Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis at UMSL, says all the blame shouldn't be put on the parents.

"It's up as a community that really must come together and take the responsibility to watch after these children," she said.

St. Louis police are still putting the pieces together on both shootings and still looking for suspects.

Mother of two, Diane Peterson says there is no perfect parent.

"We make the best choices we can as parents and things happen that are outside of our control," said Peterson.

Dunn says in today's world it's a shame parents have to be more vigilant now than ever.

"We have parents who have to think about I have to protect my child or how will I protect my child from gunshots," said Dunn.

Chief Dotson says he is not only blaming the parents in these situations, but the fact that guns are getting into the hands of the wrong people.

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