BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A pair of teenagers were arrested Friday and accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face and wounding his mother during their morning stroll through a leafy, historic neighborhood in southeast Georgia.
Sherry West was pushing her son, Antonio, in his stroller as they walked in the coastal city of Brunswick on Thursday.
West said a tall, skinny teenager, accompanied by a smaller boy, asked her for money.
"He asked me for money and I said I didn't have it," she told the Associated Press on Friday from her apartment.
"When you have a baby, you spend all your money on babies. They're expensive. And he kept asking and I just said 'I don't have it.' And he said, 'Do you want me to kill your baby?' And I said, 'No, don't kill my baby!'"
Authorities said one of the teens fired four shots, grazing West's ear and striking her in the leg, before he shot the baby in the face.
De'Marquis Elkins, 17, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, along with a 14-year-old who was not identified because he is a juvenile, police Chief Tobe Green said.
"I feel glad that justice will be served," West said.
"It's not something I'm going to live with very well. I'm just glad they caught him."