(L) Karimah Aisha Elkins, 36, De'Marquise's mother (R) Katrina Latrelle Elkins, 33
BRUNSWICK, Ga -- Just a day ago, 36-year-old Karimah Elkins, who's the mother of 17-year-old Demarquise Elkins, was sitting in court watching her son make his first appearance before a judge for felony murder.
On Monday night, Elkins' mother was arrested for a felony offense of her own, accused of making false statements to police. She has since paid her $1,104 dollar bond and been released.
Elkins' aunt, Katrina Elkins, was arrested on the same charge and she also posted bond.
Police say she is still being held due to a probation violation out of Henry County. Police have not said what the women's false statements were, but the arrests have raised concerns about how it will affect the 17-year-old's case.
"The Elkins family is a large and somewhat dysfunctional family and I think it's been clear over the past 4 or 5 days that they don't always speak with one voice. I don't know what's going on with these two young ladies, I wish them the best but Mr. Elkins' case goes forward regardless," said Attorney Kevin Gough, Elkins' attorney.
Police have been gathering information from several witnesses and following tips which they say led them to a hand-gun. According to the Glynn County Police Department, the gun was found in a saltwater pond off highway 17.
"The weapon has since been sent to the crime lab for analysis to determine whether or not that weapon is in fact the murder weapon," said Todd Rhodes, Public Information Officer for the Brunswick Police Department.
The mother of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, Sherry West, is looking forward to a conviction and says she is not surprised of the arrests of Elkins' mom and aunt.
"It doesn't surprise me that she would be saying that she lied because she doesn't want her little boy to die," said West.
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