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.