Bottom line

Just as we don’t know whether De’Marquise Elkins really shot a baby in his stroller in Brunswick, as he’s suspected of doing, we also don’t know if Elkins’ mother and aunt lied to protect him.

But if they did, that’s a pretty heinous act in itself.

Before reportedly leading police to a possible murder weapon at an area salt pond, the 17-year-old’s mother, Karimah Elkins, and aunt, Katrina Elkins, were arrested briefly Tuesday for felony lying to police, apparently for providing an allegedly false alibi for their little darling.

Just imagine if they did lie to shelter Elkins. Number one, what an astonishingly callous and inhumane act, even to save a loved one: to throw an innocent dead baby under the bus to be desecrated as well as murdered.

Moreover, if such a lie were the least bit plausible – and provided Elkins and his 14-year-old accomplice with a bogus but remotely credible alibi – the women would likely be inviting the misguided indignation of the national race police to rally behind a possible killer and further divide this nation.

You’d be hard-pressed to fabricate a more cruel and injurious fable.

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