The mother and aunt of the 17-year-old Georgia teen accused of shooting 13-month-old Antonio Santiago while he slept in his stroller, have been arrested in connection with the case, with police accusing them of lying.
Police say that De’Marquise Elkins, the teen who reportedly pushed a mother aside and shot her baby point blank when she failed to hand over cash that she didn’t have, had family members who allegedly lied to police about De’Marquise’s involvement.
Police also say that the suspect’s mother, Karimah Elkins, 36, and the suspects aunt, Katrina Elkins, 33, gave the police misinformation about where the gun was dumped and the aunt provided the media with a false alibi for De’Marquise. Katrina Elkins reportedly told the media that her nephew couldn’t have killed Antonio Santiago because he was at her house having breakfast when the shooting occurred.
Police have not said exactly what De’Marquise’s mother lied about, only that she made several inconsistent statements.
Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said that De’Marquise’s mother provided the police with new information as to where the murder weapon was ditched. Police found a handgun at a pond where Karimah Elkins led police which has been handed over to the lab for testing, to confirm whether or not it was used in the slaying of baby Antonio.
Both Karimah Elkins and Katrina Elkins have been arrested and charged with lying to authorities.
According to News 4 JAX, both women posted bond but Katrina Elkins, the suspect’s aunt, was being held post-bond for an outstanding warrant.
Another suspect in the shooting, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, was also arrested. Both suspects appeared in court on Monday.