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Suspect in Georgia baby shooting with me, teen's aunt says

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 7:27 p.m.
 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The mother of a baby shot dead in his stroller took one look at a teenage suspect's jailhouse mugshot on 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 that 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. He declined to elaborate.

Also on 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 on Thursday morning. She said a teen, with a younger boy behind him, approached and asked her for money. West said when she told him that she had no money, he 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 on Saturday against a wooden fence near the shooting scene.

Katrina Freeman said on Saturday that the shooter can't be her nephew, Elkins, because he showed up at her house at 8:15 a.m. Thursday — roughly an hour before the killing.

Freeman said she cooked eggs, grits and sausage for breakfast and that Elkins accompanied her and her children to run errands when they left about 11:30 a.m.

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