Two teens arrested after baby shot dead in his pram
TWO teenagers have been arrested and accused of fatally shooting dead a 13-month-old baby and wounding his mother during their morning stroll in a coastal city in the US state of Georgia.
Sherry West had just been to the post office close to her apartment on Thursday morning and was pushing her son, Antonio, in his stroller while they walked past gnarled oak trees and blooming azaleas in a leafy neighbourhood of Brunswick.
West said a tall, skinny teenager, accompanied by a smaller boy, asked her for money.
"He asked me for money and I said I didn't have it," she said, speaking in 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!'"
One of the teens fired four shots, grazing West's ear and striking her in the leg, before he walked around to the stroller and shot the baby in the face.
Seventeen-year-old De'Marquis Elkins 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.
Police announced the arrest yesterday afternoon after combing school records and canvassing neighborhoods searching for the pair. The chief said the motive was still under investigation and the weapon had not been found.
West said detectives showed her mugshots 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," West said.
West said she thought the other suspect looked much younger: "That little boy did not look 14."
The slaying happened around the corner from West's apartment in the city's Old Town historic district. It's 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 like the apartment West shared with her son. The slain boy's father, Luis Santiago, lives in a house across the street.
It is not the mother's first loss of a child to violence. West said her 18-year-old son, Shaun Glassey, was killed in with a steak knife during an attack involving several other teens on a dark street corner in Gloucester County, New Jersey.