Police in Georgia have apprehended the mother and aunt of De’Marquise Elkins, the teen accused of shooting a 13-month old baby. Authorities announced today that Karimah and Karina Elkins were taken into custody for lying, but have not revealed when they were deceitful.
Karimah, 36, and Karina, 33, were both booked into the Glynn County jail for allegedly making false statements, which is likely related to the teen’s pending case, since cops were eventually led to the suspected murder weapon. “We arrested them last night and brought them back to headquarters, where we afforded them the opportunity to make additional statements,” said Glynn County police Chief Matt Doering. “They did, and that information led us to other witnesses … (who) led us to an area where the gun was disposed of.”
Is has not been confirmed that the weapon was used in the slaying of the baby, Antonio Santiago, allegedly shot as he slept in his stroller. Elkins is believed to have walked up to Santiago’s mother, Sherry West, attempting to rob her, and shot her son in the head. He, and a 15-year-old suspect, both face a murder charge for the incident.
After De’Marquise was arrested, Karina offered an alibi for the boy saying that he was at home eating breakfast, and then ran errands with his aunt and mother, at the time of the shooting. “He was with us the whole time,” Katrina said in an interview. “There is no doubt in my mind that he is innocent.”
Although booked under the last name “Freeman,” comparing jail records confirmed that Katrina was one of the two women arrested, yesterday.
Police have not stated whether both teen suspects will be charged as adults.
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