Georgia Mother of 13-Month-Old Baby Loses Another Child To Violence

Sherry West was accosted by 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins

13-Month-Old Baby Mother’s Second Child Died from Violence

When Sherry West was accosted by 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins, and an unnamed 14-year-old, she must have believed she was in the “Twilight Zone”.  It couldn’t be happening again.  And when Elkins shot her 13-month-old son in the head and killed him, she most likely entered the realm of insanity.

This story was unbelievable, and inconceivable, but it is worse.  Her 18-year-old son was murdered in 2008 in New Jersey, she told CNN.  Shaun Glassey died after he was stabbed repeatedly.

“This is the second child that people have taken from me in a tragic way,” West said. “I’m so afraid to
have any more babies now. I tried to raise really good kids in a wicked world.”

This incident occurred yesterday around 9 a.m. in Brunswick, Georgia.  West had decided to take her son for a walk early because the streets were less crowded.  She needed the exercise because of injuries previously received in a car accident.  Elkins and the unnamed 14 year old confronted her and demanded money.  She told them she didn’t have any and attempted to protect her son, Antonio Santiago.

Police said they were able to track down the two suspects aided by a description from West and others, as well as a check of school attendance records to determine who was not in class Thursday. Officers then searched for the two teens and took them into custody.

Police released the recording of three 911 calls:

“A baby has been shot!” one woman said in a 911 call.

The exchange with the emergency operator was emotionally charged.

“Listen to me, ma’am! Is the baby breathing?” the operator replied.

“I don’t know,” the woman said.

The woman began to cry.

In the background is public wailing on the corner of London and Ellis Streets, in a stately cluster of Victorian-style houses with wrap-around porches.

“Listen to me!” the operator said to the weeping woman. “We have people en route. Did you hear shots in the area?”

Yes, she heard shots, she said.

“Be calm,” the operator said. “How many shots did you hear?”

“I heard like three shots. And the baby has been shot in the head,” the woman said.

The woman was so distraught that she passed her cell phone to a man walking his dog.

“No, the baby is not breathing,” the man told the operator.

“The baby was shot in the head?” the operator continued.

“Yes, right between the eyes,” the man said, who added he earlier heard a “small caliber clap.”

As he spoke, police sirens arrived on the scene, and the man broke off the phone call.

Ms. West and her husband had been planning to move back to New Jersey.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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