De'Marquise ElkinsThe mother of a 13-month-old baby shot in cold blood earlier this year is now having her name dragged through the mud by the teenager accused of the vicious murder. Sherry West was forced to watch as her baby boy, Antonio Santiago, was shot between the eyes in March. Fast forward to today, and the attorney of the teenager accused of murdering the baby is blaming mom.
The public defender assigned to accused killer 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins claims Sherry West had a financial interest in the death of her son. He's implying, of course, that his client is innocent ... because mom was involved.
Is it possible?
Sherry West reportedly had a life insurance policy on her child, a policy she cashed out soon after Antonio's death, which is one of the biggies Elkin's attorney is using to slam her.
Damning? Maybe, but consider this: funerals are expensive, even for little babies.
The attorney also alleges that West, who was walking her baby in a stroller at the time of the death and thus is the primary witness to the case, made conflicting statements about the incident. Gee, a mother of a dead baby couldn't think straight? Such a surprise.
Listen, it's possible. Sicker things have happened. But it seems awfully low to blame the mother here.
The district attorney in the case is reportedly furious, filing motions in court that say Elkins' defense lawyers have made "false, inflammatory, and misleading statements."
I understand that an attorney's job is to cast doubt on the prosecution's case, and that often involves finding a fall guy to take the blame off of your client. But blaming a dead child's mother? That's about as low as you can go, folks.
She lost her CHILD.
And she had to WATCH it go down.
Hasn't she had enough pain and suffering for a lifetime?
Can't she catch a break?
Elkins is still innocent until proven guilty -- despite the fact that there are other witnesses to the shooting. So who knows. Maybe he didn't do it. Maybe he is innocent. And maybe mom did do it.
Then again, maybe Elkins did the deed. And in allowing his defense attorney to go after this mother so harshly, he's re-victimizing a woman hurt in the worst possible way.
What do you think of this attack on Mom's character?
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