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Published On: Sat, Jul 20th, 2013

Georgia murder of baby complicated by evidence of gun powder residue on hands of both parents

Four months ago, the horrific shooting death of baby Antonio Santiago (Antonio Davis) in Georgia and the subsequent arrests of two teen suspects made national headlines.

Now, there is news that the hands of both the mother and father of the murdered baby, have tested positive for gunpowder residue.

The two teens who murdered the child, Antonio West, have been arrested, but new evidence raises questions.

The two teens who murdered the child, Antonio West, have been arrested, but new evidence raises questions.

According to CBS News, the parents tested positive the same day the baby Santiago was allegedly murdered by the teens.

Which has raised some deeply troubling questions because the father, Louis Santiago, according to the parents’ story, was not present during the shooting.

Forensic reports states “This supports the possibility that [Louis Santiago] discharged a firearm, was in close proximity to a firearm upon discharge, or came into contact with an item whose surface bears GSR [gunshot residue].”

Santiago is currently in jail on aggravated stalking charges for violating police orders to stay away from Sherry West.

West said he went crazy after their baby was killed, accusing her of murdering the baby. This is the second time Santiago has been to jail for stalking.

West reportedly explained away the residue on her hands, saying it must have gotten there when she tried to take away the gun from her alleged attackers. She also gave possible reasons for the gunpowder residue found on the baby’s father’s hands, saying that his visits to see her in hospital could have exposed him to it.

This evidence was kept hidden until defense lawyer for one of the suspects, demanded it was handed over.

The public was horrified when according to mom Sherry West of Brunswick, two black teens fatally shot her 13-month-old baby in the face and shot her in the leg during a botched robbery.

The 42-year-old West told police that while on her way home from the post office March 14, two black boys tried to rob her.

When she told them that she did not have any money, they shot baby Antonio in the face, then shot her in the leg before running away.

A few days later, 17-year-old De’Marquis Elkins and his 15-year-old alleged accomplice Dominique Lang, were arrested for the crime and charged with murder. Their trail is set for August.

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  2. Demarquis Elkins and unidentified teen arrested for Antonio Santiago murder, the second child of Sherry West to die - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] UPDATE: New evidence raises questions about the case. Both parents tested positive for gun powder residue – more details here […]

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