Mom and Aunt of Baby-Shooting Suspect Arrested

Authorities say the women made false statements about the Georgia teen who's charged with murder in the death of an infant. 

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Karimah and Katrina Elkins (Glynn County via the Huffington Post)

The mother and aunt of 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins, who is accused in the fatal shooting of a baby in his stroller in Georgia, were arrested on charges that they lied to authorities about the case, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities haven't yet said exactly which false statements the women made:

The slain child's mother, Sherry West, says she was pushing her baby in his stroller Thursday near their home in Brunswick, 80 miles south of Savannah, when a gunman shot the child in the face and wounded her after she refused to give money to him and a younger accomplice.

Elkins' mother, 36-year-old Karimah Elkins, and his aunt, 33-year-old Katrina Elkins, were booked Tuesday morning at the Glynn County jail on charges of making false statements to police, a misdemeanor. Jail records show both women were released after posting bond.

... The slaying suspect's aunt told The Associated Press and other media outlets after his arrest that her nephew couldn't be the killer because he was at her house for breakfast Thursday morning and then ran errands with her family when the baby and his mother were shot.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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