Police arrest 2 teenagers in Georgia baby's killing

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Two teenagers were arrested Friday and accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face and wounding his mother during their morning stroll through a leafy, historic neighborhood in southeast Georgia.

Sherry West had just been to the post office a few blocks from her apartment Thursday morning and was pushing her son, Antonio, in his stroller as they walked past gnarled oak trees and blooming azaleas in the coastal city of Brunswick.

Ms. West said a tall, skinny teenager, accompanied by a smaller boy, accosted her. "He asked me for money, and I said I didn't have it," she said in an interview Friday from her apartment, which was scattered with her son's toys and movies.

"When you have a baby, you spend all your money on babies. They're expensive. 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!' "

Authorities said one of the teens fired four shots, grazing Ms. West's ear and striking her in the leg, before he walked around to the stroller and shot the baby in the face.

De'Marquis Elkins, 17, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, along with a 14-year-old who was not identified because he is a juvenile, police Chief Tobe Green said. It wasn't immediately clear whether the boys had attorneys.

Police announced the arrest Friday afternoon after combing school records and canvassing neighborhoods searching for the pair. The chief said the motive of the "horrendous act" was still under investigation, and the weapon had not been found.

"I feel glad that justice will be served," Ms. West said. "It's not something I'm going to live with very well. I'm just glad they caught him."

Ms. West said detectives showed her photographs of about 24 young men. She pointed to one, saying he looked like the gunman. "After I picked him, they said they had him in custody," Ms. West said. "It looked just like him. So I think we got our man."

Ms. West said she thought the other suspect looked much younger: "That little boy did not look 14."

The slaying happened around the corner from Ms. West's apartment in the city's Old Town historic district. It is a street lined with grand Victorian homes from the late 1800s. Most have been neatly restored by their owners. Others, with faded and flaking paint, have been divided into rental units such as the apartment Ms. West shared with her son. The slain boy's father, Luis Santiago, lives in a house across the street.

Mr. Santiago came and went. At one point, he scooped up an armload of his son's stuffed animals, saying he wanted to take them home with him.

It's not the mother's first loss of a child to violence. Ms. West said her 18-year-old son, Shaun Glassey, was killed in New Jersey in 2008.

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