2 boys indicted in Brunswick baby's death

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A Glynn County grand jury has indicted De’Marquise Kareem Elkins, 17, and Dominique Demetrius Lang, 14, on murder and other charges in the March 21 death of a 13-month-old boy. It also indicted Elkins’ mother and sister with tampering with evidence in throwing the pistol that was used to shoot the child and his mother in a pond.

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A Glynn County sheriff's deputy directs 15-year-old Dominique Lang out of the Glynn County Courthouse courtroom in Brunswick, Ga., after a Monday hearing.  BOBBY HAVEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
BOBBY HAVEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Glynn County sheriff's deputy directs 15-year-old Dominique Lang out of the Glynn County Courthouse courtroom in Brunswick, Ga., after a Monday hearing.

Elkins is also accused of shooting a man in a March 11 robbery attempt, and his mother and another aunt are charged with making false statements to police.

The indictment Wednes­day said a .22 caliber revolver was used to shoot toddler Antonio Angel Santiago, his mother Sherry West, who was wounded in the right thigh, and the March 11 victim.

Elkins alone is charged with malice murder but both he and Lang are charged with two counts of felony murder in that the baby was killed during the commission of aggravated assault and attempted robbery, the indictment says.

The indictment charges each of them with three counts of aggravated assault in shooting West and her baby and in striking West on the head with the weapon.

They are each charged with the attempted robbery of West and first degree cruelty to children in causing the baby to suffer “cruel and excessive pain” by shooting him in the face.

Elkins’ mother, Karimah Elkins, and aunt, Kartina Elkins, were charged with making false statements to police. The indictment says that while speaking to police on March 22, Katrina Elkins provided a false alibi for Elkins by reporting he was at her residence during the shooting. On the same day, the indictment says, Karimah Elkins also provided a false alibi for her son by telling police he was with her during shooting.

Karimah Elkins and her daughter Sabrina Elkins are charged with tampering with evidence by throwing the revolver used in the shooting into a saltwater pond.

The mother also is charged with possession of a handgun by a felon. She pleaded guilty in 2010 to a felony shoplifting charge for which she was given credit for four months served in jail, sentenced to eight years probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine.

Karimah and Katrina Elkins were arrested Tuesday and posted the $1,000 bail. Karimah Elkins was released, but her sister was held for violating her probation on a misdemeanor in Henry County.

The Glynn County Sheriff’s Office said Sabrina and Karimah Elkins had not been booked on the new charges.

The last two counts of the 15-count indictment charges De’Marquise Elkins with criminal attempt to commit armed and aggravated assault.

The indictment says that on March 11, Elkins pointed a gun at Wilfredo Calix-Flores and demanded his wallet and cell phone and then shot him in the arm with a .22-caliber revolver.

Glynn County police found a handgun in the pond east of U.S. 17 just north of its intersection with Spur 25. County Police Chief Matt Doering refused Wednesday to divulge any information about the weapon other than the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has it and will do the appropriate analysis.

Doering said West was never a suspect in her child’s slaying nor was the boy’s father, Louis Santiago, who lives across Union Street from West.

“We believe the location and the victim were both random,’’ Doering said.

He also said that officers executed more search warrants Tuesday, found more physical evidence and identified additional witnesses. He would not comment on any of those.

District Attorney Jackie Johnson has not made any statements about the crime, but she sent out a printed release saying the law does not allow the death penalty against the two defendants because they are both younger than 18.

Johnson thanked all the law enforcement officers who “have worked tirelessly to gather evidence in this case.”

Doering said it was a tip from someone who saw a vehicle leaving the vicinity of the shooting with someone crouched in back that led officers to arrest the two teens. Doering said the officers identified Lang as a suspect and, through interviews with him, De’Marquise Elkins.

There was also a warning in Johnson’s release.

“It is a felony to intimidate, threaten, or otherwise attempt to improperly influence a witness,” the release said, and also a felony to delay or prevent anyone else from reporting a crime to law enforcement officers.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/28/13 - 03:47 am
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Man...these buys come from

Man...these buys come from some truly messed up families! Hard to go down the right path in life when the rest of your family is giving you the wrong directions. In the midst of all this evil, we can't forget the heartache that Ms. West and her son's father are feeling over the loss of that poor child.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 03/28/13 - 04:10 am
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Threw the gun in a pond!!!! I

Threw the gun in a pond!!!! I would have been throwing him in a car and driving him to the jail myself if my child ever killed an innocent baby!!

scoobynews
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scoobynews 03/28/13 - 04:10 am
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Threw the gun in a pond!!!! I

Threw the gun in a pond!!!! I would have been throwing him in a car and driving him to the jail myself if my child ever killed an innocent baby!!

freeradical
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freeradical 03/28/13 - 04:53 am
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Killing babies occurs no more

Killing babies occurs no more today then at any other time .

We are a kinder and gentler generation now .

The streets in Savannah were much more dangerous with many

more shootings in the 60's .

Another case of the media not acknowledging how much better we

are today .

oldfella
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oldfella 03/28/13 - 05:30 am
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Both families are messed up apparently

Turns out the baby's mother has a long rap sheet for meth. That said, the only person above any suspicion and who was absolutely innocent was the baby. Once convicted, if the shooters(s) don't leave the court-room in a body bag, the justice system is FUBAR. Some people are dragging race, politics, etc. into what is essentially an inexcusably savage act against a helpless child. People should put all that aside and focus on catching the killer.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/28/13 - 05:35 am
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Killing babies occurs everyday.
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Most is either with a needle or a suction flask. Some are simply "popped out" into the commode and flushed.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/28/13 - 05:37 am
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Street Dogs.....
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The Legend Grows in America. "You go dog." Give me a little hand jive. The plot of movies and song lyrics. Government fostered anarchy and chaos coming to a neighborhood near you. And why not near you, you are paying for their schooling.

etlinks
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etlinks 03/28/13 - 06:33 am
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oldfella

They have the killer in custody.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 03/28/13 - 07:45 am
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any one seen or heard from
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any one seen or heard from jessie, al, or the naive students from paine college who wasted no time in making their way to florida to march "fo trayvonn"

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 03/28/13 - 09:26 am
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Terrible Situation

@freeradical: I disagree with your statement:

"Killing babies occurs no more today then at any other time . We are a kinder and gentler generation now."

Murders are happening everywhere and more of them are happening in places with the highest gun control like Chicago. And you may disagree but how about every abortion that many of us consider to be murder? No, we are not a "kinder and gentler" nation.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/28/13 - 10:34 am
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You got that right, Scoopdedoop

But for 13 months or a tad more, this murder might not have been considered illegal at all.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 03/28/13 - 11:24 am
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@Scoobynews
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I agree with you. Unfortunately, these kind of people don't think like we do. They do not ride on the same "train of thought". They have a whole different idea of right and wrong.

effess
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effess 03/28/13 - 01:52 pm
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If the liberal Democrats are

If the liberal Democrats are intent on controlling guns, let them control the weapons that are already in the hands of criminals. What happened in Newtown was an aberration. Most of the gun violence in this country occurs in the "troubled neighborhoods" Obama refers to in his silver-tongued speeches, those same "communities" that unerringly vote Democratic. For a look at typical American gun violence, see Brunswick, GA or Obama's beloved Chicago.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/28/13 - 07:22 pm
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Steps

Crime,
Investigate,
Capture,
Review case,
Indite,
Trial,
Conviction,
20 years of Appeals ..............

Maybe Justice in 25 years, long after the mother dies of being heartbroken.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 10:04 pm
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Welcome

Welcome to the forum, effess. Your post was very thoughtful - - - and correct.

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