BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The mother of a baby shot dead in his stroller took one look at a teenage suspect’s jailhouse mugshot Saturday and said he was definitely the killer. Yet an aunt of the teen said he was eating breakfast with her when the slaying took place.

Despite the conflicting stories, police have charged 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins with murder, along with a 14-year-old suspect whose name has been withheld because he’s a juvenile.

Brunswick police spokesman Todd Rhodes said even though Elkins’ aunt provided an alibi, authorities have good reason to bring the charges.

“That’s what she’s saying, but the evidence we’re looking at says something else,” Rhodes said, though he would not elaborate.

Also Saturday, police in this coastal port city released 911 recordings from neighbors who sobbed and pleaded for help right after 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot in the head a few blocks from his mother’s apartment.

Sherry West said she was pushing her baby in his stroller as she walked home from the post office Thursday morning. She said a teenager, with a younger boy behind him, approached and asked her for money. West said when she told him she had no money, the teen drew a gun and said: “Do you want me to kill your baby?”

The gunman opened fire and West was shot in the leg, while another bullet grazed her left ear, she said. She watched helplessly as the gunman shot her son in the face, she said.

Two teddy bears, a vase of flowers and a decorative cross had been left Saturday against a wooden fence near the shooting scene.

Katrina Freeman said Saturday the shooter can’t be her nephew, Elkins, because he showed up at her house Thursday at 8:15 a.m. — roughly an hour before the killing. She said she cooked eggs, grits and sausage for breakfast and that Elkins accompanied her and her children to run errands when they left at about 11:30 a.m.

“He was with us the whole time,” said Freeman, adding that she gave police the same account of her nephew’s whereabouts. “There is no doubt in my mind that he is innocent.”

The slain boy’s mother said she picked the gunman out of a photo lineup of 24 mugshots police brought to her Friday. When a reporter showed her the photo of Elkins taken when he was booked into the Glynn County jail Friday, she wept and nodded.

“He killed my baby, and he shot me, too,” she said.

At her apartment Saturday, West had filled several bags with her son’s clothes and diapers to donate to charity. She said she hopes prosecutors pursue the death penalty in the case.

“My baby will never be back again,” West said, sobbing. “He took an innocent life. I want his life, too.”

In 2008, West’s 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in an altercation in New Jersey. Prosecutors said the stabbing was self-defense and did not file charges.

In Georgia, police said they are still searching for the gun. No eyewitnesses have come forward.

In the 911 recordings, two callers said they heard gunshots and then saw West take her son out of his stroller, lay him on the ground and try to revive him using CPR.

“Yes, I heard the shots. Somebody shot this child,” said one sobbing caller, who told the operator there were three shots fired. “She’s got him on the ground. Please, we need everything we can get.”

The 911 operators asked the callers if the boy was breathing. Finally, a man in a grave voice, answers: “No, the baby’s not breathing.” He says the child was shot “right between the eyes.”

A woman can be heard screaming in the background just before police arrive. Sirens drowned out her cries.

Elkins’ relatives said Saturday they don’t know if he has an attorney. His older sister, Sabrina Elkins, said police arrested him as he came to her home Friday.

“The police came pointing a Taser at him, telling him to get on the ground,” she said. “He said, ‘What are you getting me for? Can you tell me what I did?'”

The suspect’s sister said he returned to Brunswick a couple of months ago after living in Atlanta for a while. While he wasn’t enrolled in high school, she said, he had been taking classes to earn his GED.

“He couldn’t have done that to a little baby,” Sabrina Elkins said. “My brother has a good heart.”

(Photo: AP)

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    • Bruce Freethinker on said:

      The title of the story is “Woman Says She’s Certain Suspect Shot Her Baby Despite Conflicting Stories”. I read the story, please tell me what are the “conflicting” stories. Unless you’re referring to the killer’s aunt lying about him. It’s a shame the murdering bastard can’t be executed. What a worthless piece of feces.

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  6. Some years ago, a piece of human waste came into my house and raped, stabbed and beat me. When the police asked for a description, I told them he was about 8 ft. tall, with arms that reached from one side of the room to another and that he had eyes that glowed. I was in shock. And I spent much more time fending off this cretin than the couple of minutes she had to look at these assailants. Eyewitness identifications are notoriously unreliable. No way should this be the only criteria for putting this young man on trial for murder. There has to be more.

  7. Tyler T. on said:

    the younger subject who was told on by a family member, reenacted the scene for police and identified the older subject. He was able to show police details only someone who was actually there would have known (i.e. direction she was walking, things that were said (which matched the mothers account), etc……guys and girls just remember the media isn’t told 90% of the details and some of what is being put out by certain media outlets is not consistent with what they were being told.

  8. Of all the things the neighbors heard, why didn’t anyone hear her or the baby scream after the first shot to her leg or even the second that grazed her ear? Did anyone in the post office recall the woman with the baby? Was the baby sleep? Face up or face down? If the guy was with his aunt running errands then he’s got to be on some stores/streets video security camera during those hours…unless the aunt will claim he sat in the car the entire time or sat the kids while she ran errands. Whatever the case, I hope the truth comes out.

  9. I am praying for all involved. It feels like the wrong person may have been picked. The police want to wrap it up. Too many missing pieces.

  10. Hazel on said:

    As a mother, I feel for the mother of the child. But honestly, we didn’t have this much coverage when baby Jonylah was shot and killed is Chicago. When the lives of our children carries the same weight as the lives of others children, then I’ll I pay closer attention. She wants justice and in her pursuit of justice, she will pick out anyone and say anything to see that it happens. As the old saying goes “they all look alike.”

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  12. A mother’s first reaction would be to throw herself in front of her child and danger. This story sounded fishy from the beginning.

  13. If this kid did this then forget Life in prison, spend the .10 on a bullet and let’s call it a day. If this mother did a Susan Smith and set this whole thing up, then she should pay with her life!!

  14. I agree, if these boys did this, they should be punished…but I felt a little skeptical when I first heard the story…the tears did not look real to me and her only limping…You know we all look alike…I do hope they REALLY investigate this case…

  15. I want to know what other evidence the police has because it the initial article she stated that the picture in the line up “looks” like the person that killed baby and that she “thinks” they have the right guy. You shouldn’t be asking for the death pentaly for anyone unless you know without a shadow of a doubt. I hope this young man ain’t railroaded but if he did it he needs to pay.

    • I agree! Hmmm all white neighborhood and 2 black teens just so happened to approach her but yet in this neighborhood NO EYE witnesses?? Even though news reporters interviewed a landscaping guy who just happened to be across the street doing yard work around the same time as the shootings and he saw nothing. She has the same tears as Susan Smith did.

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  17. Mebili on said:

    I am not one who always support the black man or think that we are always being wrongly accused, but from the moment I heard this story, I have smelled something very fishy. Her tears are not believable to me. We don’t have the whole story if any of the story other than a baby has been killed for nothing.

  18. H. Lee on said:

    We always want to believe our child is innocent and this may be the case, we were not there, but for someone to be as cruel as to take a baby’s life, will not last long in this life. He better hope he can prove he didn’t do it, jail can be real cruel for a baby killer.

  19. Something about the entire story of the mother (my condolences) stinks. First of all why would you try to give CPR to a baby who has been shot, rather than trying to put pressure on the wounds to stop the bleeding. This sounds like a case of “blame the black kid”

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