BRUNSWICK, Ga -- Comments have been made questioning Sherry West, the murdered toddler's mother, and her account of what happened the day of the shooting, but people who have known her for years said West was a great mother and the accusations are false.
"When she brought that baby home ,her exact words were this is my miracle child, this was her second chance after losing her son in New York, most people just get in the car and get ready to drive off, Sherry, she wouldn't even leave the parking lot until that baby was fastened," said Daniel Carter, Affordable Taxi.
Carter said Sherry West uses his cab company for transportation. He said he's known West for over 10 years, and is upset to hear all of the comments made about whether she had something to do with the shooting. Since last week, West has expressed grief over the loss of her 13-month-old baby Antonio Santiago.
"I grabbed my baby's pajamas that he wore before he was killed and I haven't been able to let go all morning," said West.
The toddler was shot and killed last Thursday while they were taking a walk at the corner of Ellis and London streets. Since then two teens, 17-year-old Demarquise Elkins and a 15-year-old have been arrested for felony murder in the shooting.
Despite the arrests, West's daughter, Ashley Glassey said the story does not seem right and has made statements about her mother having a mental illness.
"I'm not sure I understand what she means about any mental illness," said West. (Reporter: "She mentioned bi-polar, schizophrenia.") "I actually don't recall anything that she had said, she didn't speak to me about it," said West.
There have also been comments on social media accusing West of being involved in the crime, but Police said at this time she is not a suspect.
"Horrified that people would insinuate that I would ever kill my own baby, and on Facebook they are saying some real evil things."
Elkins has a preliminary hearing scheduled a week from Friday. There is no word on when the 15-year-old will have his preliminary hearing.
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