Police in Brunswick, Georgia, have arrested De’Marquis Elkins, 17, and another youth, 14, whose name is being withheld, for the cold-blooded murder of a 13-month-old baby boy.
According to the child’s mother, Sherry West, she was taking a walk on the morning of March 21, 2013, with her young son Antonio in the stroller after going to the post office when she was mugged at gunpoint by two teens, who demanded money. West told them she didn’t have any money. They insisted, again and again. West later described the incident saying, “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!’” At that point one of the teens allegedly opened fire on West grazing her ear and wounding her in the leg.
No one could have predicted that the teen’s next moved would be to walk around to the front of the stroller and shoot the baby in the face.
Police, who are calling the crime “horrendous,” announced the arrest the next afternoon. They got help from West who identified Elkins from his mugshot and then from a lineup. She is confident they have the right suspects. Elikins sister Sabrina, however, says she does not think her brother is capable of such a heinous act. It is unclear if either suspect has legal representation. Elkins is being charged as an adult. The other boy is being charged as a juvenile. Both are charged with first-degree murder.
West, now childless, lost her other son, 18, in 2008 when was stabbed to death in New Jersey.