Video: Baby Killed, Mother Shot By Teens During Attempted Robbery

Posted on March 22, 2013

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Georgia (The Gaslamp Post) – Police have two teens in custody who they suspect are responsible for shooting a mother and her baby during a robbery attempt yesterday.  Authorities today say the two teens, one 17, the other 14, approached a woman while she was walking her infant in a stroller and demanded money.

Luis Santiago tries to comfort Sherry West at her apartment Friday, March 22, 2013, in Brunswick, Ga., the day after their 13-month-old son, Antonio Santiago, was shot and killed. West says she was walking her baby in his stroller when a teenage gunman demanding money shot the baby in the face and shot her in the leg. (Russ Bynum, Associated Press)

Luis Santiago and Sherry West grieve the loss of their infant son, Antonio, after he was deliberately shot in the head during an attempted robbery yesterday.

While the mother survived with a bullet wound to her ear and leg, her 13-month-old infant, Antonio, was killed when one of the teens pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger.  According to the victim, Sherry West:

“Two boys approached me. Two African American boys. One of them was about 15,” said West. “He said, ‘I’m going to kill you if you don’t give me money,’ and I said, ‘I swear I don’t have any.'”

“I put my arms over my baby and he shoves me and then he shot my baby right in the head,” said the child’s tearful mother.

Police have arrested their two suspects in connection with the baby’s murder.  Brunswick police have arrested De’Marquise Elkins, 17, and a second suspect who is reportedly only 14.

De’Marquise Elkins, 17, accused of shooting an infant in the head after trying to rob a mother walking her baby.

Baby Antonio’s father, Luis Santiago said that he wishes he could have been there to protect them both.  “He was special.  He had the bluest, bluest eyes,” Santiago told WAWS-TV.

Police are charging both suspects with first-degree murder but no weapon has been found.  They have reportedly executed search warrants on at least three locations.

(h/t:  JAX Fox30)

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