We've all heard this story by now. A 13th month old murdered in Brunswick, Georgia as he sat in his stroller, by 2 callous cowards when his mother refused to give them any money. It is a chilling, heinous, brazen, and just plain evil crime.
De'Marquise Elkins, 17, and Dominique Lang, 15, are accused in the death of toddler Antonio Santiago. Elkins' mother, Karimah Elkins, 36, and aunt, Katrina Elkins, 33, are charged with making false statements to the police during the investigation of this crime.
Katrina Elkins has said her nephew didn't kill the child, and that he was at her house having breakfast at the time of the shooting. Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said that both women gave investigators new information that led them to a pond where they found a handgun. It's being tested to determine whether it was used in the slaying.
Sherry West the mother of the slain child, who was shot in the thigh during the murder, expressed her anger and outrage........"I identified the shooter, and it's definitely him (Elkins)," She said. "They shot my baby in the head, and I had to watch him die."
West says she wants the prosecutor to seek the death penalty.
In the days that followed, this story began to develop an unimaginable twist. A twist that if proven to be true represents the very embodiment of depraved indifference. According to report's, West's daughter Ashley Glassey was upset about her mother's behavior directly after the shooting. Glassey says that her mother, called the night of the shooting and asked how soon she might expect a check from a life insurance policy! Glassey also said that her mother changed her story.
"She told me that the baby was shot first, and then she told me that she was shot first."
So, as it turns out, there seems to be an awful wrinkle in this story. If Elkins, and Lange were both pawns in a plot to collect on an insurance policy, that would make West a co-conspirator, and equally as guilty. Although it is hard to imagine any mother coming up with a plot to murder her child, it is a sad sign of perilous times, and a disturbing reality check. The fact of the matter is, the first time I heard this story, it seemed too much like a story. An unbelievable work of fiction so disturbing in nature that it angered the entire country. Perhaps that is exactly what this narrative was designed to do, inspire so much anger that it would create a smoke screen which would muddle both the facts, and the truth. Only time will tell. But if it is true, God have mercy on her soul. He is probably the only one who will.