Police in Brunswick, Georgia announced the arrest of two boys, aged 17 and 14, in the brutal shooting death of a 13-month-old boy in a stroller and the wounding of his mother.
The announcement of the arrests was made yesterday afternoon by Tobe Green, chief of the Brunswick Police Department. De'Marquis Elkins, 17, and a 14-year-old youth face charges of first-degree murder. Under Georgia law, Elkins will be tried as an adult. The younger teen cannot be named because he is a juvenile.
Green told the media, "We are still investigating the motive, but we are trying to turn every stone to make sure we got a motive. "We are still following up on leads from our witnesses and are still involved in collecting evidence."
Since the horrific killing on Thursday morning, a massive manhunt had been undertaken by the Brunswick police and several other agencies. Police went door-to-door in the town of 15,500 and three search warrants were executed. Officers also checked school attendance records to find out who was missing that day.
Around 9 a.m. Thursday, Sherry West, 41, was returning home after a trip to the post office. She was walking down the street near her home in the town described as "quaint," located on the coast about 80 miles from Savannah. She was pushing her 13-month old son, Antonio Santiago, in a stroller. West was almost home when she was approached by two young males.
West told Associated Press, "He [the older boy] asked for money and I said I didn't have it. When you have a baby you spend all your money on babies. They're expensive."
The youth kept asking for money and West kept saying she didn't have any. The older teen then said, "Do you want me to kill your baby?"
According to West, the teen then pulled out a gun and fired a shot into the ground. He then fired at the mother's head, grazing her left ear. The shooter fired again at West, hitting her in the leg. He then walked up to the stroller and fired a fourth shot into Antonio's face. Both teens then fled.
Antonio is not the first child West has lost to violence. In March 2008, her 18-year-old son, Shaun Glassey was armed with a steak knife when his 17-year-old intended target managed to take it away from him and stabbed him to death. Glassey's killing took place in New Jersey.
The gun that was used to kill Antonio and wound his mother has not yet been recovered.