Jury selection begins in Brunswick baby killing - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Jury selection begins in Brunswick baby killing

Posted:
Highlights
  • Pre-trial publicity prompted a change of venue
  • Several others have been charged for hindering investigation
  • West lost another son to violence in 2008

By Leslie Bentz

The almost unimaginable crime made national headlines when it happened.

Two teen boys allegedly walked up to a mother demanding money, then shot her 13-month-old boy in the face in his stroller.

Monday, almost five months after the shooting in Brunswick, Georgia, jury selection begins in the trial of one of the accused teens, De'Marquise Elkins, 18.

The trial, dubbed the 'Brunswick Baby Killing,' generated so much publicity that authorities moved it out of Glynn County to the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, in Cobb County.

Charged alongside Elkins is Dominique Lang, 15.

Although Lang is a minor, CNN is identifying him because he is charged as an adult and media in the community have been naming him since his arrest.

Elkins' mother, aunt and sister have also been arrested on various charges alleging that they have hindered the investigation.

The sister, 19-year-old Sabrina Elkins, was arrested on an evidence tampering charge, the Glynn County Sheriff's Office said.

She is accusing her of helping her mother get rid of the gun authorities say was used to kill the child.

Police found the weapon in a pond about 2 miles from where the baby was shot March 21.

'Just took a walk with my baby'

The child's mother, Sherry West put the toddler, Antonio Santiago, in a stroller that day because she said it was good exercise for her heart. West was disabled from a past car accident.

"I just took a walk with my baby," West said. "I can't believe that this would happen, and I left early in the morning. I thought you know that there would be less people on the road and I wouldn't be in anybody's way walking down that road.

"Apparently, either he targeted me or I was just unfortunate," she said of her encounter with the gunman.

West said the incident occurred at 9 a.m. Thursday as she was walking home from the post office.

She said two teenagers came up to her. One pointed a gun at her and told her that if she didn't give him her money, he would shoot her and shoot her baby,

West said the teen fired at her, hitting her in one leg and barely missing her head. The teen, she said, then shot her baby in the face.

West tried to resuscitate her son as bystanders called 911 for help.

It was the second time West lost a son to violence.

Her 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in 2008 in New Jersey.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

  • Military Matters: Fleet and Family Support Services

    Military Matters: Fleet and Family Support Services

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:56:14 GMT
    It's a program designed to help support our military members and their families on a variety of areas of their lives. It's called the Fleet and Family Support Center, and it can be found at both NAS Corpus Christi and NAS Kingsville. From making dollars and sense of their finances, to working through PTSD and stress management, Fleet and Family Services is there to help with a variety of topics, and not just for active duty military but also their families, and even veterans. The services a...More >>
    It's a program designed to help support our military members and their families on a variety of areas of their lives. It's called the Fleet and Family Support Center, and it can be found at both NAS Corpus Christi and NAS Kingsville. From making dollars and sense of their finances, to working through PTSD and stress management, Fleet and Family Services is there to help with a variety of topics, and not just for active duty military but also their families, and even veterans. The services a...More >>
  • 20,000 Eggs Rain Down from the Sky During Egg Hunt

    20,000 Eggs Rain Down from the Sky During Egg Hunt

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:00:13 GMT
    Now here's one unique way to hunt for Easter eggs! 20,000 eggs were dropped from a helicopter Sunday by one special visitor. The Easter Bunny making that special delivery today from a helicopter up above. All of the fun happening at the Church of Hope in Calallen Sunday morning. There was fun for the whole family and it was a great turnout, with more than 300 people on hand. This was the first year the church has used a helicopter to drop all of the eggs. Along with the Easter egg hunt, the...More >>
    Now here's one unique way to hunt for Easter eggs! 20,000 eggs were dropped from a helicopter Sunday by one special visitor. The Easter Bunny making that special delivery today from a helicopter up above. All of the fun happening at the Church of Hope in Calallen Sunday morning. There was fun for the whole family and it was a great turnout, with more than 300 people on hand. This was the first year the church has used a helicopter to drop all of the eggs. Along with the Easter egg hunt, the...More >>
  • Recognizing the Behind the Scene Heroes of Emergency Response Calls

    Recognizing the Behind the Scene Heroes of Emergency Response Calls

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:00 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:00:13 GMT
    All week long, we have been celebrating the heroes who are behind the scenes when it comes to emergency response. We're talking about all of the 9-1-1 dispatchers. Today we caught up with the DPS dispatchers who are spending their Easter weekend answering your emergency calls. The DPS operators are on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week and get this, they serve 18 counties in the South Texas area. Not only do they help dispatch State Troopers for DPS, but they also help Texas Parks and Wil...More >>
    All week long, we have been celebrating the heroes who are behind the scenes when it comes to emergency response. We're talking about all of the 9-1-1 dispatchers. Today we caught up with the DPS dispatchers who are spending their Easter weekend answering your emergency calls. The DPS operators are on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week and get this, they serve 18 counties in the South Texas area. Not only do they help dispatch State Troopers for DPS, but they also help Texas Parks and Wil...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.