Brunswick police arrest 2 teens in baby's shooting death

Terry Dickson/ Morris News Service
A Camden County bloodhound searches for a scent on London Street in Brunswick.
Friday, March 22, 2013 8:33 AM
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Two teenagers were arrested Friday and accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face and wounding his mother during their morning stroll through a leafy, historic neighborhood.



Sherry West had just been to the post office a few blocks from her apartment Thursday morning and was pushing her son, Antonio, in his stroller while they walked past gnarled oak trees and blooming azaleas in the coastal city of Brunswick.

West said a tall, skinny teenager, accompanied by a smaller boy, asked her for money.

“He asked me for money, and I said I didn’t have it,” she said Friday. “And he kept asking and I just said, ‘I don’t have it.’ And he said, ‘Do you want me to kill your baby?’ And I said, ‘No, don’t kill my baby!’”

One of the teens fired four shots, grazing West’s ear and striking her in the leg, before he walked around to the stroller and shot the baby in the face.

De’Marquis Elkins, 17, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, along with a 14-year-old who was not identified because he is a juvenile, Police Chief Tobe Green said.

Police announced the arrest Friday afternoon after combing school records and canvassing neighborhoods. The chief said the motive of the “horrendous act” was under investigation and that the weapon had not been found.

“I feel glad that justice will be served,” West said. “It’s not something I’m going to live with very well. I’m just glad they caught him.”

West said detectives showed her mug shots of about 24 young men. She pointed to one, saying he looked like the gunman.

“After I picked him, they said they had him in custody,” West said. “It looked just like him. So I think we got our man.”

West said she thought the other suspect looked much younger: “That little boy did not look 14.”

The slaying happened around the corner from West’s apartment in the city’s Old Town historic district. It’s a street lined with grand Victorian homes from the late 1800s. Most have been neatly restored by their owners. Others, with faded and flaking paint, have been divided into rental units like the apartment West shared with her son. The slain boy’s father, Luis Santiago, lives in a house across the street.

At one point Friday, Santiago scooped up an armload of his son’s stuffed animals, saying he wanted to take them home with him. He talked about Antonio’s first birthday Feb. 5 and how they had tried different party hats on the boy.

“He’s all right,” Santiago told the boy’s mother, trying to smile. “He’s potty training upstairs in heaven.”

West said her son was walking well on his own and that eight of his teeth had come in. She mourned the milestones that will never come.

“I’m always going to wonder what his first word would be,” West said.

Beverly Anderson, whose husband owns the property where West has lived for several years, said she was stunned by the violence in what’s generally known as a safe neighborhood where children walk to school and families are frequently outdoors.

Jonathan Mayes and his wife were out walking their dogs Friday, right past the crime scene, and said they’ve never felt nervous about being out after dark.

“What is so mind-numbing about this is we don’t have this kind of stuff happen here,” Mayes said. “You expect that kind of crap in Atlanta.”

It’s not the mother’s first loss of a child to violence. West said her 18-year-old son, Shaun Glassey, was killed in New Jersey in 2008. She still has a newspaper clipping from the time.

Glassey was killed with a steak knife in March 2008 during an attack involving several other teens on a dark street corner in Gloucester County, N.J., according to news reports from the time.

“He and some other boys were going to ambush a kid,” Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County prosecutor’s office, said Friday.

Glassey was armed with a knife, but the 17-year-old target of the attack was able to get the knife away from him “and Glassey ended up on the wrong end of the knife,” Weisen­feld recalled.

Prosecutors decided the 17-year-old would not be charged because they determined that he acted in self-defense.

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specsta
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specsta 03/22/13 - 10:00 pm
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Reciprocity

America is a violent society. I will continue to parrot this phrase until I am convinced otherwise.

Americans condone violence (see some of the comments above about shooting the suspects, lynching the suspects, execute/exterminate the suspects, and placing them in front of a firing squad).

Violence permeates the number one TV shows (that show gruesome murders in bloody detail); war is good - and fighting solves all problems.

Guns are a "right" - and the more lethal, the better.

Then, folks wonder why some teenagers, devoid of humanity, would kill without a second thought. You might as well face it - this American society created the conditions for such a heinous crime to happen. And it's not just in Brunswick - it's in cities across the nation.

Children are shot and killed in many poor neighborhoods, but it does not make the news ticker. Children are abused and killed by their own parents, some tortured so horrendously it's unimaginable - but it doesn't make the front page of the papers.

It is sickening to consider the extent into which America has sunken into a mire of acceptable violence. Then we have the gall to act surprised when it comes on our streets.

"How did they get a gun?" is probably the most asinine question that can be asked. An ADULT bought that gun at some point, and it eventually made its way into the hands of a disturbed person, who was willing to use it to prove a point.

As long as America loves guns and violence, embraces war, thinks a fist-fight solves problems, incarcerates 2 million souls for mostly non-violent offenses, continues to hate the poor and exalt the rich - nothing will change.

And it will not only be the children who suffer, but all of us as Americans.

Darby
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Darby 03/22/13 - 10:36 pm
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".....maybe they were not aiming

at the baby....
.

I didn't just read that.. Maybe it's a misprint.

"....he walked around to the stroller and shot the baby in the face."

Maybe that's the misprint...

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/23/13 - 05:04 am
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Specsta@10:00

Your comments are spot on. Compare our culture to others and it is clear that what separates us from less violent nations is our fascination with violence. We go to war at the drop of a dime and are proud of our weapons, but don't understand why rogue nations would ever want these same weapons. It makes no sense.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 03/23/13 - 08:23 am
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I find it curious

... that that the respective races of the victim and murderers were not mentioned either here at the AC or any of the coverage I've read.

Then again, not. Blacks killing whites is not news, only the age of the victim.

ClearCookies
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ClearCookies 03/23/13 - 09:08 am
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Did someone really mention
Unpublished

Did someone really mention lynching these kids? WOW!

Yet, violence is condoned in society, as spectsa and TruthMatters have said.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/23/13 - 09:25 am
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Dstewater, I'm glad they

Dstewater, I'm glad they didn't mention the victim's race. If they had it would have brought howls of protests from certain corners that we wanted their heads on a platter because it was a white person killed by a black. I had no idea of the ethinicity of the mother until after they caught these guys and I saw it on the TV news.

kirbypinky23
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kirbypinky23 03/23/13 - 10:42 am
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this is awful! Who could look

this is awful! Who could look at the face of a child and put harm to them? And over money?! That's just sensless and wrong! What is going on in the world today? My prayers go out to the family

ARC fan
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ARC fan 03/23/13 - 10:59 am
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Trayvon

Be curious to see if the President jumps into this as he did the Trayvon situation in Florida. Wonder if he will say he would love to have had a son like the murdered baby, etc etc. Maybe he will and surprise me but I won't hold my breath.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/23/13 - 11:40 am
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Better details without the PC.

The Mother, the baby's and the older "suspect" photo can be seen at:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/cops-hunt-young-boys-baby-mom-shoo...

Darby
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Darby 03/23/13 - 12:24 pm
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As long as folks like...

Specsta and Truth Matters continue to rant, and to denigrate our national character, then we know that America is on the right track.

Darby
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Darby 03/23/13 - 12:31 pm
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"America is a violent society. I will continue...

to parrot this phrase until I am convinced otherwise."

.
The operative word there being "parrot".

People who take the time to think about it, know that without this "violent society" all of Europe would be speaking German now, and we would no doubt be speaking Japanese here in Augusta.

Yeah, I know.. I know... Would that be such a bad thing??? Look at all the lives that were lost just so we could continue to speak English.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 03/23/13 - 01:19 pm
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It's hard to respond to such

It's hard to respond to such evil as the killing of a child. How does one become so cold and callous? History has proven that men are capable of the most horrific acts due to his sinful nature. For me, I have found that forgiveness and victory over that sinful nature comes through Jesus Christ. He died to pay my penalty of sins past, present, and future and rose again to show His victory over death and the grave.

oldfella
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oldfella 03/23/13 - 01:57 pm
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Back the gun train up folks!

AHHHHHH! If I hear "how did kids that age get a gun" again I will squat down and poop out green kittens! Guess what folks? I'm 51 years old. When and where I was that age, EVERYBODY had a gun. The difference is...we didn't shoot babies! Newsflash number two - 99 percent of the kids their age who have (or use) guns in Georgia DON'T SHOOT BABIES!
I guess my main bullet point here (no pun intended) is that the big bad boogieman here is not the gun......IT'S THE PERSON PULLING THE TRIGGER! Should we take the guns away from the good people because the bad people can't behave like a normal human being? This babies mother had a son STABBED to death years earlier. So I guess teenagers have to gum their steaks now because we shouldn't let them have knives. Sub-human pieces of garbage like these baby killers should be put down like rabid bears, end of story. Stop blaming guns, stop blaming parents, stop blaming lack of prayer in schools, and start blaming and start punishing the shooters with extreme swiftness and maybe (just maybe ) a life will be saved someday.

oldfella
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oldfella 03/23/13 - 02:13 pm
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Neighborhood Cooperation comment

I heard on a radio news story that the whole neighborhood cooperated and went all out trying to assist authorities in finding these animals. Say what you will about the "no snitch" mindset in certain areas.....some crimes are so over the top that EVERYONE is on the same sheet of music when it comes to such inhumanity. This pretty much tells me that these two will get less than zero sympathy from all levels of society, as it should be.

Davidl3940
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Davidl3940 03/23/13 - 02:21 pm
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Sick

What has happen to people. This is sickening !

Davidl3940
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Davidl3940 03/23/13 - 02:21 pm
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Sick

What has happen to people. This is sickening !

Darby
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Darby 03/23/13 - 03:08 pm
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"start punishing the shooters

with extreme swiftness"

.
And with EXTREME PREJUDICE!!!!!!!!!!!

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 03/23/13 - 04:18 pm
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If what I hear is true

If what I hear is true even prisoners have little mercy for child abusers and killers.

Darby
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Darby 03/23/13 - 11:34 pm
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Too bad the Diane Feinstein didn't get....

her gun control bill through...

That would have certainly stopped these young soulless, mindless, sociopathic monsters in their tracks.

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