JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 17-year-old De'Marquis Elkins is expected in court Monday morning. He, along with a 15-year-old Dominique Lang are being charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.
Antonio's mom Sherry West told police two boys tried to rob her as she walked with her son in his stroller. She told them she didn't have any money. "He says well I'm going to kill your baby. And I said please don't kill my baby! I put my arms over my baby and shoves me and then he shot my baby right in the head," West recounted.
Action News spoke with Elkins' sister Sabrina. She says there's no way he's involved in the shooting. "He has a good heart. My brother would never in life do something like this to no baby," says Elkins.
Roughly 24-hours after the shooting, police arrested Elkins.
West tells us although she's glad the two suspects are now behind bars, she still doesn't feel safe in Brunswick anymore. West will be moving back to New Jersey to be with her family. "I'm too afraid to stay there's a lot of crime here I've heard from several people in this town about the crime and I can't believe that they could shoot a baby in the face," says West.
While the arrests won't bring her son back, West has a message for the suspects. "I hope you get punished to the fullest extent," she says.
Elkins is scheduled to make his first appearance this morning at the Glynn County Courthouse at 2 p.m. today.
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