Mother IDs teens who shot baby in head

She begged suspects, 17 and 14, not to kill her baby
Associated Press
Mar 24, 2013


The mother of a baby shot dead in his stroller took one look at a teenage suspect's jailhouse mugshot Saturday and said he was definitely the killer. Yet an aunt of the teen said he was eating breakfast with her when the slaying took place.

Despite the conflicting stories, police have charged 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins with murder, along with a 14-year-old suspect whose name has been withheld because he's a juvenile.

Brunswick police spokesman Todd Rhodes said even though Elkins' aunt provided an alibi, authorities have good reason to bring the charges.

"That's what she's saying, but the evidence we're looking at says something else," Rhodes said, though he would not elaborate.

Also Saturday, police in this coastal port city released 911 recordings from neighbors who sobbed and pleaded for help right after 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot in the head a few blocks from his mother's apartment.

Sherry West said she was pushing her baby in his stroller as she walked home from the post office Thursday morning. She said a teenager, with a younger boy behind him, approached and asked her for money. West said when she told him she had no money, the teen drew a gun and said: "Do you want me to kill your baby?"

The gunman opened fire and West was shot in the leg, while another bullet grazed her left ear, she said. She watched helplessly as the gunman shot her son in the face, she said.

Two teddy bears, a vase of flowers and a decorative cross had been left Saturday against a wooden fence near the shooting scene.

Katrina Freeman said Saturday the shooter can't be her nephew, Elkins, because he showed up at her house Thursday at 8:15 a.m. — roughly an hour before the killing. She said she cooked eggs, grits and sausage for breakfast and that Elkins accompanied her and her children to run errands when they left at about 11:30 a.m.

"He was with us the whole time," said Freeman, adding that she gave police the same account of her nephew's whereabouts. "There is no doubt in my mind that he is innocent."

The slain boy's mother said she picked the gunman out of a photo lineup of 24 mugshots police brought to her Friday. When a reporter showed her the photo of Elkins taken when he was booked into the Glynn County jail Friday, she wept and nodded.

"He killed my baby, and he shot me, too," she said.

At her apartment Saturday, West had filled several bags with her son's clothes and diapers to donate to charity. She said she hopes prosecutors pursue the death penalty in the case.

"My baby will never be back again," West said, sobbing. "He took an innocent life. I want his life, too."

In 2008, West's 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in an altercation in New Jersey. Prosecutors said the stabbing was self-defense and did not file charges.

In Georgia, police said they are still searching for the gun. No eyewitnesses have come forward.

In the 911 recordings, two callers said they heard gunshots and then saw West take her son out of his stroller, lay him on the ground and try to revive him using CPR.

"Yes, I heard the shots. Somebody shot this child," said one sobbing caller, who told the operator there were three shots fired. "She's got him on the ground. Please, we need everything we can get."

The 911 operators asked the callers if the boy was breathing. Finally, a man in a grave voice, answers: "No, the baby's not breathing." He says the child was shot "right between the eyes."

A woman can be heard screaming in the background just before police arrive. Sirens drowned out her cries.

Elkins' relatives said Saturday they don't know if he has an attorney. His older sister, Sabrina Elkins, said police arrested him as he came to her home Friday.

"The police came pointing a Taser at him, telling him to get on the ground," she said. "He said, 'What are you getting me for? Can you tell me what I did?'"

The suspect's sister said he returned to Brunswick a couple of months ago after living in Atlanta for a while. While he wasn't enrolled in high school, she said, he had been taking classes to earn his GED.

"He couldn't have done that to a little baby," Sabrina Elkins said. "My brother has a good heart."





"my brother has a good heart"? if so, why did he try robbing s mother pushing a baby in stroller? why did he have GUN? why did he fire the weapon? he's a heartless person and deserves to rot in jail and be put to death

Licorice Schtick

What better way to honor the Sabbath than with a nice race-baiting article?

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(why did he fire the weapon?)
Because you have to be human to have a conscience. These people I consider sub human and judging them, sending them to jail is just a waste of time and money. Sooner or later society will realize that tough love works better that hand holding for our youth to learn right and wrong before they slide to the other side. We have taken away that ability through excessive litigation and now we pay the price. A good friend of mine always says “We are a product of our environment”.

The Answer Person

If that baby had a gun, he could have protected himself. See, that's why we need more guns and less controls. Don't need the government taking away our constitutional rights.

And if you can figure out that logic, please post.

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Your post has no logic, you are fishing for an argument about gun control. Maybe you could be a nice person and remove the post as it does not pertain to what happened here?

Just saying!


the answer person has all the answers, even the wrong answers..


The logic here is simple: You're playing with straw man extremes to make an irrational point, while the truth of the matter is that, had the MOTHER been armed, the baby might still be alive. If you're going to come out against self defense, you might want to discuss how the mother being able to shoot back would have been a bad thing. I won't hold my breath.


Of course the baby wouldn't know how to safely handle a firearm. However, if the mother had so chosen to, she could have been packing. Unless we make carrying a firearm more difficult for those responsible citizens wanting to carry. We need to keep firearms away from criminals. The criminals don't follow the law though, so the punishment must be severe for those felons still deciding to carry firearms, the law won't sway them. Laws which restrict the responsble citizen from carrying firearms only leaves them vulnerable to those criminals who are carrying illegally, as these boys were in this case. Those responsible citizens who elect to carry firearms should enjoy the freedom to that is guaranteed in our Constitution. Firearms for personal protection, mainly to deter the glorified gang types, and to preserve our freedom from any and all threats, domestic or foreign. There it is. Sorry to spoil your anti-gun party.


How heartless do you have to be to shoot a BABY for crying out loud between the eyes!!! I sure hope that the GA justice system is a lot swifter and stronger than it is here and this family is able to justice and then some closure on this tragedy. Oh my heart just goes out to them.

Simple Enough II

Something really stinks about this. Why only shoot the mother in the leg, but shoot the baby between the yes? Something is not Kosher with this incident. Think about it.


What is your theory ?

Really are you ...

The untouchable generation. They see themselves as too good for anyone but themselves. If they break the law, they get coddled "it is ok your record will be wiped clean..." No discipline at home, lack of it at school, and following in their parents footsteps. With their, I don't have to earn an honest living mentality, because if I go to jail, I will get 3 hots and a cot. Get out and repeat, this time with a more serious crime... Life is full of repeating patterns, and it is only getting worse.

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swiss cheese kat

Its because these punks nowadays do not know how to hold a gun properly.


If the incident is as described, then the aunt is lying through her teeth to protect a cold-blooded baby killer. And you know what? THAT'S how the cold-blooded baby killer grew up to BE such a thing! His family has doubtless excused his little boy behavior problems over and over and OVER again through the years. He probably didn't think twice about pulling the trigger since he's been taught his entire life that his family will come to his rescue, even if they have to commit crimes themselves (lying to police? covering up a murder?) to do it.

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the unsilent ma...

I want to know where the level of outrage we had for the travon martin shooting is at? Call me a racist if you like but when martin was shot there were gangs of blacks lynching white people in some kind of crusade to earn justice for trayvon.

The Good Doctor

Untrue. There were no "gangs of blacks lynching white people". Instead of racist, the term "ignorant" seems appropriate


Thank You Good Doctor! Instead of people making up hate stories. If he is the one and is found guilty im quite shore he will get due justice in prison. Being that this is a baby it doesnt matter what you look like one way or another you will pay. And if he isnt i hope they still find the coward who did so they can get justice for this BS killing. Im tired of everytime you read a paper some Punka$$ is harming or killing a baby.

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Darwin's choice



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@ Mrjsiah1 , you wouldn't be implying a threat on here,now would you? That remark could be perceived as a threat.

If the killer would have been white, I've seen in the past where starry has said pretty much the same thing.


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Honey. everybody's some kind of racist in this life. It ain't always about da color :)

Just like everybody's some kinda junkie ain't always about da drugs. LOL!


Katelih, I may be one or not , but ONE thing I've never done is come on here and posted a threat against someone else... Although I seem to get targeted alot.

Even so. My reply is the same bring back the ropes, or hey, chain gangs, I bet that would reduce the crime rate in this country even a little bit.

One thing for sure you won't see people take to the streets in protest about this baby like what happened with the punk in Florida.

So you tell me, difference in culture (s) clashing or what?


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No need to explain anything to me. I don't have a heaven or hell to put you in. Remember to Keep It Real ... Good luck !


One thing I have never done was come on here and flag someone's comment to me ..cause I forgot to put on my Big Girl Panties....;)


Ah, but, it wasn't me who flagged it.


How is it i make a comment about someone eleses comment. And repeating what they said but mines was removed no wonder the register doesnt mind using the n word itself over and over but flagged my comment that steve wonder could see wasnt racist.


Simple, when you "called me out" by saying "how would I like" blah, blah, .... Those were your words ADDRESSED to ME - not an opinion.

Big difference.


I stand by my remark ; get a rope and a tree...

Sandusky Register:

You need a history lesson : They used to hang white people . too .. so if your gonna moniter the remarks online -- why don't you moniter YOUR ADs better in the hard copy, especially one that has a guy with a girl on top and her bra nearly off ( for an adult store) ... don't you think that's a BIT RACY for a family newspaper?



Simple Enough....I 100% agree with you....Maybe it's just this day in age that we would suspect something else....but my thing is....she was already packing up his clothes and diapers for charity...of course, people do strange things under circumstances....but that wouldn't be the first thing I would do....just my opinion though....I pray to God I'm wrong!


I am shocked by the mother's reaction too. I read the following in a report in the Atlanta Journal Constituion ( -

"The slain child’s mother, West, spent time Saturday gathering up her son’s things — some to be donated and some to be packed away. The boy who loved Mickey Mouse and fried chicken was cremated, and West had them dispose of the ashes.
“I couldn’t stand the thought of seeing him in a box,” West said. The last time she saw her son was when he was put in an ambulance.


Very,very sad.


Charge them with a hate crime. Killing a child is hate.


sounds like the "Terry" boy...just someone else not wanting their child is all!


What an awful story. This lady has lost TWO children to violence? ("In 2008, West's 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in an altercation in New Jersey. Prosecutors said the stabbing was self-defense and did not file charges.") This is just sickening.

I would think instead of making excuses for him, the aunt would be trying to help him understand what a terrible mistake he made. No wonder there is so much violence: no one wants to be responsible for their own actions anymore. There is always someone making excuses. Instead of helping, all they do is hinder. Facing facts should not be this difficult. You do the crime, you stand up like an adult.


I certainly hope this is the killer, and I hope this individual gets the death penalty! I feel they should quit hiding the identity of the 14 yr old boy, allow the mother of the slain baby to identify him also, then there would be no question in whether or not there's a mix up in identity! Stranger things have happened as far as the wrong person being accused for closely resembling someone else, but case in point the individual had another person with him.....and if the association between the two match then the aunt of the guilty person should also be charged for interfering in a murder investigation!


As I have children, and would simply, take a bullet for any of them...if not try to pass one the offenders way first. However, in the likeness of reality, and truth,...should?, or should not?, this young man be given a fair trial, before he's labeled a baby murderer? I AM not trying to start a ruckus,or even insinuate racism, but could this women have seen a black man with a goatee, and then saw the similar in the lineup photo, and simply put them as the same? Think about that...the ole' "They all look alike to me" profile, whether Asian, black, Latino, white,or any other likeness of a different race, may provide a bias opinion, or reference to the true killer.


I think this lady shot her baby and is begging for attention.. THis is the 2nd time this has happend to her??

And she did an interview shortly after her baby was shot?


Why would you do that, I wouldnt want to be caught DEAD in front of a camera...

Something isnt adding up here!




The most significant difference between these races is:

(a) language
(b) hair and facial features
(c) skin color. This distinguishing feature is primarily due to difference in amount of the pigment, melanin, in the skin. This melanin protects the body by absorbing ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sunlight which falls on the skin. UV radiation can damage the skin and produce skin cancer if it is not filtered out in this way. The shades of color in human skin can be represented by the Von Luschan Scale and ranges from almost pure white to pure black.

Differences such as hair, skin and facial features are almost certainly inherited, but the way in which their inheritance is controlled is little understood, and definitely not simple. In skin color, for instance, 2 to 4 pairs of genes are involved. (Genes are the units in each cell of the body that carry inherited information) It is known that some of these genes produce lightness and some darkness. The brown skinned person has genes for both dark and light. The darker person has more genes for darkness and the lighter person has more genes for lightness.

These are the differences between us...anything else, IS PERSONAL.


...just saying...lets keep it legit people

4-wheeler al

dont matter what color a crime like that hangem by theballs guttem let the buzzards feed.

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Sandusky Regist...

I was just in this Georgia coastal town this afternoon as a visitor and saw where this incident took place. It is a nice quiet town all American town. Whether this boy who is accused of doing such a thing is guilty or not will be determined in a court of law. But what I say is bring back the death penalty and take an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and whomever is found guilty be shot down dead by the babies mother and have it witnessed by their mother/family.


Again, Great Yoda, I agree with you! Something just doesn't feel right....this is a young man whose life is also on the line! People need to hear all the facts before condemning him. Not saying he's innocent or guilty at this point....but we shouldn't be making this into a race issue at innocent baby is dead! and hopefully the guilty will pay....not because of their skin color but because they have been PROVEN guilty with facts!