Teens in Baby's Killing Indicted as Adults

Older one charged with second shooting earlier this month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2013 5:04 PM CDT
This provided by the Glynn County Detention Center shows De'Marquise Elkins, 17.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Glynn County Detention Center)

(Newser) – A Georgia teenager shot a 13-month-old baby in the face while trying to rob the child's mother, according to an indictment returned today that also charged the suspect with shooting another person in an unrelated robbery attempt earlier this month. The indictment by a Glynn County grand jury charges 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins on 11 counts, including malice murder, in the slaying of young Antonio Santiago a few blocks from his home in coastal Brunswick. Another suspect, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, was indicted on seven counts including felony murder. Both are charged as adults, though neither faces the death penalty because they're under 18.

The indictment specifies that authorities believe it was Elkins who shot the child and wounded his mother with a .22-caliber revolver as the boys tried to steal money from her. Elkins is now also charged with a second attempted robbery and shooting that happened 10 days before the baby was slain. On March 11, according to the indictment, Elkins pointed a gun at a man and demanded his cellphone and wallet. Elkins shot the man in the arm with the same caliber revolver used to kill the baby, the indictment says. (Read more De'Marquise Elkins stories.)

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