sure older suspect shot her baby
BRUNSWICK, Ga. The mother of a baby shot dead in his stroller took one look at a teenage suspect jailhouse mugshot Saturday and said he was definitely the killer. Yet an aunt of the teen said he was eating breakfast with her when the slaying took place.
Despite the conflicting stories, police have charged 17 year old De Elkins with murder, along with a 14 year old suspect whose name has been withheld because he a juvenile.
Also Saturday, police in this coastal port city released 911 recordings from neighbours who sobbed and pleaded for help right after 13 month old Antonio Santiago was shot in the head a few blocks from his mother apartment.
Sherry West ray bans said she was pushing her baby in his st ray bans roller as she walked home from th ray bans e post office Thursday morning. She said a teenager, with a younger boy behind him, approached and asked her for money. West said when she told him she had no money, the teen drew a gun and said: you want me to kill your baby? gunman opened fire and West was shot in the leg, while another bullet grazed her left ear, she said. She watched helplessly as the gunman shot her son in the face, she said.
Two teddy bears, a vase of flowers and a decorative cross had been left Saturday against a wooden fence near the shooting scene. roughly an hour before the killing.
was with us the whole time, said Freeman, adding that she gave police the same account of her nephew whereabouts. is no doubt in my mind that he is innocent. slain boy mother said she picked the gunman out of a photo lineup of 24 mugshots police brought to her Friday. When a reporter showed her the photo of Elkins taken when he was booked into the Glynn County jail Friday, she wept and nodded.
killed my baby, and he shot me, too, she said.
At her apartment Saturday, West had filled several bags with her son clothes and diapers to donate to charity. She said she hopes prosecutors pursue the death penalty in the case.
baby will never be back again, West said, sobbing. took an innocent life. I want his life, too. 2008, West 18 year old son was stabbed to death in an altercation in New Jersey. Prosecutors said the stabbing was self defence and did not file charges.
In Georgia, police said they are still search ray bans ing for the gun. No eyewitnesses have come forward.
In the 911 recordings, two callers said they heard gunshots and then saw West take her son out of his stroller, lay him on the ground and try to revive him using CPR.
I heard the shots. Somebody shot this child, said one sobbing caller, who told the operator there were three shots fired. got him on the ground. Please, we need everything we can get. 911 operators asked the callers if the boy was breathing. Finally, a man in a grave voice, answers: the baby not breathing. He says the child was shot between the eyes. woman can be heard screaming in the background just before police arrive. Sirens drowned out her cries.
Elkins relatives said Saturday they don know if he has an attorney. His older sister, Sabrina Elkins, said police arrested him as he came to her home Friday.
police came pointing a Taser at him, telling him to get on the ground, she said. said, are you getting me for? Can you tell me what I did? suspect sister said he returned to Brunswick a couple of months ago after living in Atlanta for a while. While he wasn enrolled in high school, she said, he had been taking classes to earn his GED.
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