Fri, Mar 22, 2013
The mother, Sherry West, told FOX affiliate WAWS-TV that two boys came up to her and her 13-month-old son Antonio while she was pushing Antonio in his stroller on Thursday morning, with the older one demanding cash.
“He said, ‘I’m gonna kill you if you don’t give me your money,’ and I said, ‘I swear I don’t have any,’” she told WAWS-TV of the encounter with the boys she described as being about 10 and 15 years old.
She said they wouldn’t accept no for an answer. The older suspect then pointed a handgun at her, according to her account to WAWS-TV.
“He says, ‘Well, I’m gonna kill your baby,’” she told WAWS-TV, crying. “I put my arms over my baby and he shoves me. And then he shot my baby right in the head.”
West was shot in the leg, according to local reports. Brunswick police spokesman Todd Rhodes confirmed she received a non-life-threatening gunshot wound from a handgun during the encounter.
West was the only eyewitness to the crime, Rhodes said.
“We’re not leaving any stone unturned,” he said.
The baby’s father, Louis Santiago, said to WAWS-TV, “Why? Why my little one? You know? You feel they could have just taken the pocketbook and go.”
A $10,000 reward for any information related to the crime is being offered by the Brunswick police department, Rhodes said.
Brunswick is about 80 miles south of Savannah.