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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Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/22/13 - 08:49 am
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Something is very wrong with

Something is very wrong with this picture. The shear randomness of this is horrific, either that or salient details are missing.

ClearCookies
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ClearCookies 03/22/13 - 08:54 am
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Sounds gang related. Prayers
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Sounds gang related. Prayers for everyone involved. My!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/22/13 - 08:55 am
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Something is missing

Not many humans will shoot an innocent baby .....maybe they were not aiming at the baby....I hope they get to the bottom of this.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 03/22/13 - 09:06 am
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Find Them, Kill Them
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I do not care how old they happen to be. They took an innocent life. Prayers to the mom -- you should never have to bury your child, under circumstances like this. And PLEASE find out HOW these punks got a gun ! As was said, “If you know something and don’t call, you are complicit in this crime,” by the Mayor. I HOPE this is not a gang related crime.

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 03/22/13 - 09:07 am
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Nothing more dangerous than

Nothing more dangerous than young males in this age bracket with a gun. They dont think past the upcoming 10 minutes. Its time to ramp up the penalties to include the use of the death penalty when the killer attains the legal age of aduluthood. This category of crime justs fuels the liberal politicians and their stooges in the media.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/22/13 - 09:21 am
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Personally I could care less

Personally I could care less about their age. 13 to 15 years of age, 17, 11, or 8. If you purposefully shoot a child you don’t deserve to share oxygen with civilized human-beings!

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 03/22/13 - 09:29 am
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Unreal, so sad, just tragic.

Unreal, so sad, just tragic. How could they be so callous & cruel...what is our society becoming?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/22/13 - 09:37 am
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The only thing that begins to

The only thing that begins to make sense is some kind of gang initiation. I would be looking hard at who WASN'T at school that day.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/22/13 - 12:19 pm
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Like A Joke

the Georgia background check bill will prevent these deaths from happening...yea Right...Things like this kindle all kinds of knee jerking action and will never solve a cotton picking thing.
What will solve all the senseless killings is ...regardless of age, when caught...a firing squad in the town square in full view of the public.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 03/22/13 - 10:08 am
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@CG
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I think there are enough of us citizens that would be more than willing to volunteer for that duty.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/22/13 - 10:15 am
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Sad

Just when you think the human race has touched bottom, something like this happens. Horrible.
It has nothing to do with gun control and everything to do with social and moral degeneration in the America of the early 21st century.

RonRoberts
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RonRoberts 03/22/13 - 11:49 am
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Why does this

sound "gang-related?" It sounds absurd and random and horrific, but why does it sound "gang-related," please?

bigj706
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bigj706 03/22/13 - 12:23 pm
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I didn't know that gangs

I didn't know that gangs kills babies

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 03/22/13 - 12:34 pm
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You're Kidding, right ??
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@bigj706 - These punk-thugs don't give a rat's rear-end about anything. I want to know how the punk got a gun to begin with. THAT'S the one that we ought to be having a conversation with.

RonRoberts
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RonRoberts 03/22/13 - 02:30 pm
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I, too, wanna know how the

"punk" got a gun. Too bad there's no DMV for guns, with universal background checks on private party gun exchanges. We'll probably never know.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/22/13 - 02:45 pm
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dear liberals who support or
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dear liberals who support or call for prohibiting private firearm possession, could anyone of you explain how gun control laws would have prevented these two animals from getting a firearm?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/13 - 02:53 pm
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Universal?

Let's say I've got a grudge on a neighbor. If the federal government passes a law requiring private gun sales go through a government background check, what's to prevent me from saying I'm selling a gun to my neighbor; so give me his criminal record and his mental health records? Sounds kind of snoopy to me.

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lifelongresident 03/22/13 - 02:55 pm
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here's my prediction when
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here's my prediction when caught the younger one will dry claiming..."eyes dont not caint fo sho aint doood dis it was he (the older one) who be shot dat babee, cause i was on my way to schuul and he made me got wit him fo sho, cause aint not doood it...kno wat i'm sayin" of couse these two little animals will come from 1) single parent household, 2) father no where around or in jail, 3) the mammy will be a high school drop out approx 28-29 yrs old, 4) she will be a "brood mare" with atg least 3-5 more children in the house, 5) living in "gubment projects", 6) may or maynot have a criminal record, 7) will be unemployed welfare queen, but will have her hair and nails done up...mark my words this is the description of their mammies and they will be defending their little animals "y'all white folks dont be knowin bout fo sho what my kids done did, day is good kids cause dey was on dey way to sckuul and da white poleese did not aint caint for sho hab nuthin to do so dey say my child and be fo wit day aint tryin fo sho to blame my child fo dis hier stuff dey sayin happin to dat baby"...you typical welfare brood mare, parasite, leech, and moocher will be living off the "gubment" for the rest of her useless life

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/22/13 - 03:02 pm
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Gang related

I said that is the only thing that makes sense, an initiation of some sort; and killing definitely is an initiation often used. I can't conceive that they just decided on their own to go out and kill just for the thrill, there must be a motivation buried in there somewhere.

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dichotomy 03/22/13 - 03:32 pm
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Gang related or not, we are

Gang related or not, we are infested with vermin and they need to be exterminated. Not rehabilitated, not confined until they are grown vermin......just exterminated. I don't care if they are 10 or 70. If you have a nest of rats you kill them all, young and old....and you try to block their source of food and shelter so no others come back.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/22/13 - 04:36 pm
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Caught the trash!!!

Good work PO-PO!!!!!!! Now I hope these cretins spend the rest of their lives behind bars; and may those lives be short!

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/22/13 - 04:34 pm
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first name of
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first name of Demarquis!?!??!? need i say more...17 yrs old his sorry az$ mammy is probably 30 yrs old been laying on her back for as long as she can remember came up pregnant with this piece of crap....no trial is needed both of these animals need to be put down IMMEDIATELY....I DONT' CARE THAT THE YOUNG ONE IS A JUVENILE, IF SOMETHING ISN'T DONE WITH HIM, OR HE IS LET OUT OF JAIL HE WILL KILL

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 03/22/13 - 04:49 pm
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Fox made the statement that

Fox made the statement that it was an attempted robbery and when the mother told them she had no money they shot the baby and her. Rabid animals. Execute them.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/22/13 - 04:53 pm
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Well said dichotomy! If an

Well said dichotomy!

If an animal is rabid you put it down.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/22/13 - 04:56 pm
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"Now I hope these cretins

"Now I hope these cretins spend the rest of their lives behind bars; and may those lives be short!"

I hope that every single person that is locked up in whatever institution they end up in, know exactly why they are there.

toldyaso
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toldyaso 03/22/13 - 05:50 pm
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It's a fact, there is a

It's a fact, there is a measurable increase in the no, of incidents like this, and they are directly related to a social disconnect. These people have poor or no sense of caring for others. It's a social condition, and a family condition too.
Do you have kids? Do you know where they are, and who they are with?
Do you care?

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rmwhitley 03/22/13 - 07:11 pm
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The liberal media
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is reporting that 2 young boys killed the baby. They're boys but not young ones. punks.

concercitizen
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concercitizen 03/22/13 - 07:15 pm
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Big tall tree and a short

Big tall tree and a short rope is the punishment they deserve.

Pops
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Pops 03/22/13 - 07:38 pm
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They need to shoot

both of those feral animals right between the eyes.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/22/13 - 08:19 pm
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Someone needs to

pour a gallon of bleach into this guys Gene pool.

Any person that sadistic needs to be analyzed a slice at a time.

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