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Brunswick Baby Murder: Police say cover-up was a family affair

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Updated: 4/05/2013 7:12 pm

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Six days and four arrests after the murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, Chief Matt Doering says his community still has concerns.

He says they want to know, was Sherry West and her baby boy targeted by the two suspects, DeMarquise Elkins and Dominique Lang? 

He says the answer is no. "We're comfortable now, six days into it that the location of the incident and the victim were random," Doering said.

Second, he says people want to know if the shooting was gang related. That's still unclear.
 
"There are some, or is some, information that is somewhat gang related.  But it does not yet lend itself to conclude that it is gang related activity, or motivated," he said.

The bigger question for Baby Antonio's mom and their neighbors is why.  They're still struggling to come to terms with the fact that police say a teenager shot a baby in a stroller while trying to rob his mother.  And according to new court documents obtained by Action News, it's not the first time 17-year-old Elkins has held up someone with a gun.  The indictment says he was involved in an armed robbery earlier this month.

Chief Doering says there are still a lot of things we don't know about this case, lot of things they can't tell us yet.  But he says they're learning more everyday.
 
"More physical evidence has been recovered.  And other witnesses have been identified," he said.

Suspects DeMarquise Elkins and Dominique Lang aren't the only ones facing legal trouble following the murder of Baby Antonio.  New court documents name Elkins family as well.

Elkin's mom, Karimah, and her sister, Katrina, are each charged with lying to police.  But for Karimah Elkins, a convicted felon, the charges don't stop there. 

She's also accused of possessing a hand gun.  And she and her daughter, Sabrina, are accused of helping dispose of the weapon by throwing it into a salt water pond.

In addition, Action News has learned Sherry West's mental health has been called into question. Documents show Elkins' attorney, Kevin Gough, has requested her medical records after receiving reports that she was paranoid, bi-polar, and possibly schizophrenic.

Gough says more than a dozen people have been subpoenaed to appear in court.  DeMarquise Elkins goes before a judge again Friday, April 5th.

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