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Police say toddler's shooting was random act

Slain 13-month-old infant shot  on March 21. (Source: WJXT/CNN) Slain 13-month-old infant shot on March 21. (Source: WJXT/CNN)
Karimah Elkins (Source: Glynn Co. Detention Center) Karimah Elkins (Source: Glynn Co. Detention Center)
BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) -

Brunswick police said Thursday that they believe the shooting of a 13-month-old was random.

A teenager is accused of shooting Antonio Santiago in the face while trying to rob the mother. De'Marquise Elkins has been charged with nine counts, including malice murder, in the shooting.

Dominique Lang, 15, was indicted on seven counts, including felony murder.

Elkins' mother Karimah Elkins and his aunt are charged with trying to get rid of the murder weapon in a saltwater pond. The gun was found 2.3 miles from the shooting in a pond/marsh off of Highway 17. It has since been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab for an analysis.

"We're comfortable now to say six days into it that the location of the incident, and the victim, were random," said Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering. "There is some information that is s gang-related, but it does not lend itself to conclude that is gang activity or motivated."

The prosecutor for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit said she will not seek the death penalty against either suspect because Georgia law doesn't allow capital punishment for defendants charged with crimes committed before they were 18.

Karimah Aisha Elkins, the 36-year-old mother of De'Marquise Elkins, was re-arrested at about 7 p.m. Wednesday on a bench warrant for tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Sabrina Elkins, the 19-year-old sister of De'Marquise Elkins was also taken into custody on a bench warrant for tampering with evidence.  

More search warrants have been issued and served and more evidence is being gathered.

Anyone with information in the case can call the Glynn County Police Dept. Silent Witness Line at 912.264.1333 or the Brunswick Police Department Silent Witness Line at 912.267.5516 or by emailing bpdtips@brunswickpolice.org. 

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