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Antonio Santiago Shooting: Suspects in Georgia baby's murder face first court appearances

Shooting suspect De'Marquise Elkins and victim Antonio Santiago in front of the crime scene in Brunswick, Ga. CBS

Shooting suspect De'Marquise Elkins and victim Antonio Santiago, both inset against crime scene in Brunswick, Ga.
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(CBS/AP) BRUNSWICK, Ga. - One suspect in the shooting death of a Georgia baby who was killed in his stroller has made his first court appearance, and a second suspect faces a court hearing later.

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A 15-year-old charged as an adult with murder in the fatal shooting of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago appeared in court Monday morning, CBS affiliate WTEV reports.

At the hearing, Glynn County Magistrate Tim Barton told the boy he couldn't set a bond because only Superior Court judges can do so in murder cases, the Florida Times-Union reports.

"I'm going to see that you get a lawyer immediately," Barton told the teen.

The 15-year-old was in the eighth grade at Glynn Middle School before his arrest, said Jim Weidhaas, a spokesman for the Glynn County school system.

According to the station, a second suspect, 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins, was scheduled to be in court at 2 p.m. Monday. He also faces a murder charge.

Elkins was last a student in the system in October 2011 when he left Ombudsman, an outsourced alternative school program, Weidhaas said.

"My client is absolutely, 1,000-percent not guilty," public defender Kevin Gough, who represents 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins, told The Associated Press Monday.

Police in Brunswick say an anonymous tip helped them to apprehend the younger boy after the Thursday shooting death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. Authorities say the boy's statements led them to take Elkins into custody. Elkins' family says he did not shoot the baby.

The baby's mother, Sherry West, said she was walking home when two boys confronted her, demanded money, then killed her child and wounded her.

Complete coverage of Antonio Santiago's shooting death on Crimesider

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