Georgia pastor takes blame for killing of baby

A religious leader in Georgia says he takes responsibility for the teenager accused of shooting a baby to death.

Reverend Ken Adkins says he should have reached out more to 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins.

“I apologize, I put it on my shoulders as a pastor and as a leader that we did not do more,” said Adkins during his Sunday sermon at Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship Church.

“We are going to do everything in our power to make sure that this does not happen again,” Adkins added.

Elkins was once a member of Adkins’ church in Brunswick, GA.

Elkins is accused of shooting Sherry West and killing her 13-month-old son, Antonio Santiago.
West says she was walking home when Elkins and a younger boy approached her and asked for money. One of the boys reportedly shot West and then walked around her and shot baby Antonio in the face.

Elkins has been charged with first-degree-murder. His family maintains that he was at home at the time of the shooting.

A 14-year-old boy was also arrested in the case.

7 comments

  • TEEN SPEAKER

    WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNG TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA CHHHHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILD. THAT'S JUST SO WRONG TO DO TO A 13-month-old CHILD.

  • Michelle

    anyone that cold and cruel to shoot a defenseless baby should get the death penalty, prosecute them as adults, they are monsters ,

  • Kate

    susan smith story? i agree they should investigate further and the men charged should have due process, but there were other people on the street and nearby that made 911 calls and heard the shots. it was also broad daylight. the woman couldn't shoot herself in the leg, graze her ear with a bullet, shoot the baby, and then have time to ditch the gun before people around there took notice. and besides im guessing multiple witnesses plus the mothers description lead to the arrests.

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