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  • BRUNSWICK, Ga --  Family members of the two teens arrested are saying that the boys are innocent.

    For the first time today, both teenagers accused of killing a 13-month-old baby in Brunswick appeared in court.

    "He a baby, but he's not a baby killer, so they need to get that straight, he is not a baby killer," said the grandmother of the 15-year-old in custody in the shooting death of a Brunswick toddler.

    The grandmother and mother of a 15-year-old juvenile whose identity has not been released said they don't know what happened the day of the shooting, but that their teenager is not responsible for the death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.

    17-year-old Demarquise Elkins was also arrested and charged with first degree murder. The 15-year-old's grandmother said her grandson doesn't know Elkins.

    "He don't know the other boy, we don't know him. Who's the other boy, we don't know him, my grandson walks by himself, we don't know this boy," said the grandmother.

    Police have not discussed the relationship of the two and in a press gathering, Elkins' attorney did not know if there was a relationship between the teens, but police believe they are the two teenagers that shot and killed Santiago, and then shot the baby's mother while they were going for a walk last Thursday.

    Elkins' Attorney Kevin Gough said his client is innocent and is also a child.

    "I would ask everyone to keep in mind that Marqui, De'Marquise Elkins is himself a child , his favorite television shows are cartoons, especially Tom and Jerry, he misses his family, he would like to go home," said Attorney Kevin Gough, Elkins' public defender.

    Elkins' great grandfather also said a few words to defend the boy's innocence.

    "The Marquise we love would never do anything like this," said Mckinley Elkins, the teen's great grandfather.

    Elkins' aunt said the teenager was being schooled through adult education. The family of the 15-year-old boy in custody said he is in 8th grade.

    Last week, Elkins' aunt said the boy was with her at 8 in the morning when this all happened, his attorney said he does not know if an alibi defense will hold up in the State of Georgia, however he said he is confident his client is not guilty. There is no bond set for either teen.

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