Tip led to arrest of De’Marquise Elkins in Georgia killing of 13-month-old baby Antonio Santiago

By StaffAssociated Press March 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm
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Baby in Stroller  Slain

A photo, toys and candles are placed at a makeshift memorial for slain 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick, Ga., Saturday, March 23, 2013. Antonio was shot dead in his stroller on Thursday. (AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say an anonymous tip helped them make arrests in the shooting death of baby who was killed in a stroller.

The Brunswick Police Department said Sunday that they got a tip that someone was crouched in the back seat of a vehicle as it drove away from the shooting on Thursday. The Glynn County detective’s division spent hours following up on the tip and eventually arrested a 14-year-old suspect. The boy’s statements led them to take 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins into custody.

Elkins is charged with murder in the death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. The baby’s mother, Sherry West, said she was walking home when Elkins and a younger boy approached and asked her for money.

Elkins’ family says he did not shoot the baby.

RYOT NOTE: Awesome police work here. It sounds like the cops worked hard and followed up on every lead in order to nab these suspects. What were these two kids doing with a gun in the first place? Weapons seem to be falling into the wrong hands more often these days. Gabby Giffords organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is currently circulating a petition asking Congress to include universal background checks as well as a ban on high-capacity magazines as part of any gun-control legislation. You can Become the News by signing this petition and sharing this story so others can do the same.

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