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Some American Justice Served Up for Our Children

Some American Justice Served Up for Our Children

As in other countries, many children in this country unfortunately face death and violence as well.  So, today, I am offering some items that have come across my screen that show American Justice at is finest and which involve children.

One of the most heart-wrenching stories I have ever read is that of Antonio Santiago.  On March 22, 2013, baby Antonio and his mother were walking in their neighborhood when the child was shot and killed during a robbery attempt.

Antonio Santiago

One of the teenagers involved was convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller and subsequently sentenced to life without parole.

De’Marquise Elkins, 18, stood silent and showed no emotion as he was sentenced in a courtroom less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of murdering 13-month-old Antonio Santiago during a robbery attempt.

…The baby was in his stroller and out for a walk with his mother when he was shot between the eyes on March 21 in the Georgia coastal city of Brunswick. West and a younger teenager charged as an accomplice testified at trial that Elkins killed the baby after his mother refused to give up her purse.

Elkins was spared the death penalty because the killing occurred when he was 17, which the US supreme court has ruled is too young to face capital punishment. Under Georgia law, the only possible punishments for Elkins were life with or without a chance of parole.

Elkins’ co-defendant, Dominique Lang, offered chilling testimony about what happened when mother Sherry West refused to part with her purse:

Elkins asked for the purse again and West refused again, and Elkins began to count down from five again, Lang said. West still refused to give up the purse, and Lang said Elkins walked around the stroller toward her and shot at the ground and then shot West in the leg and asked for the purse again. Lang said he wasn’t sure what happened next but said Elkins had been pointing the gun at the baby and Lang heard a third shot. Then both teens took off running.

Another story, involving a hero dog who warned parents about an abusive babysitter, is a bit more uplifting:

The parents of 7-month-old Finn Jordan suspected something was wrong last year when their dog began to growl and snarl at the babysitter, Alexis Khan, 22.

“We noticed the dog was getting very defensive when Alexis was around. He would growl and stand between her and our son. His hair would stand up on the back of his neck and we knew something was up,” Benjamin Jordan said.

…Killian, a black lab and German shepherd mix, was generally a docile and friendly dog and his behavior was out of the ordinary.

Finn’s parents secretly placed an iPhone under a living room couch, which revealed the abuse. The South Carolina babysitter was just convicted of child abuse.

 

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De’Marquise, ahhh let me take a wild guess here mmmk? A black thug.

Right or wrong?

Whatever *ucking flavor the dirtbag is, I’d be happy to pay expenses and put one in his ear.

What kind of monsters do we co-exist with in our society ?

And why do we not kill them like snakes when we find them ?

They are less than snakes. I don’t want the snakes in my yard to suffer.

De’Marquise Elkins

Black.

While I normally don’t condone cruel and unusual punishment, I have to wonder why it is that perpetrators of violent crimes think nothing of inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on their victijms.

perhaps it would not be so curel and unusual to give them a taste of their own medicine?

As a hypothetical suggestion, The dirtbags could be strapped to a chair, then have a sledgehammer pound out their fingers and toes for each cruel and unusual crime they have committed.

BannedbytheGuardian | September 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

NJ trash move south to compete with the local category.

The mother already has a son convicted of a deadly felony. Baby is the product of some guy across the street – who was not particularly upset. ( less child support deductions) . The mothers half sister even testified at the trial – it was an insurance job.

Underclass vs underclass .

    Link for information?

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to dacama. | September 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Research it yourself. I am not your secretary.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | September 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        Ok it is hard to keep up with 100,000 + murders since 2008 . A minor mistake on my part but the end result is the same . Her son was killed himself instead of him knifing the boy he lured into a trap.

        Her son Sean with yet another surname – hint not West not Santiago .

        The father’s address is not the same as West’s but very close. Check the immediate reports of the crime for his whereabouts & reaction.

        Read the trial transcripts & check out the half – sister ( surprise Sherry comes from broken family with mental health problems ). You might find her testimony complete with pics at a publication that is an expert in trash of all colours. Hint initials DM.

        Do you need me to tell you any more about your nation?

      sequester in reply to dacama. | September 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Dacama, similar, allegations were reported in the Daily Mail. The allegations were heard by the jury on cross examination of the Mother. Elkins was convicted nonetheless. The allegations were made by West’s (the mothers) adult daughter.

      The jury and prosecutors did not give the allegations as much weight as BannedbytheGuardian.

      In the meantime, anonymous sources say BannedbytheGuardian was banned for good cause. There are also further allegations about some of Banned private behavior. I would post the information, but I am not his secretary.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to sequester. | September 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        No the killing of the baby is an act I did not question. Nor the verdict.

        Right thinking Americans know such murders are predominantly found in the world of gangs & the fast growing underclass. 5-6 years of economic malaise is pushing more people into this demographic.

        I have always said I am proud to be banned by the guardian .They have picked up my username & send me little ads on thi s site.

        You see they were so impressed by my wonderful insights that they tracked me down & set up an office for the first time since 1821. Little do they know it is me who walks by & waves Hi quite often.

        I think I should go & introduce myself.

        Ps I have not decided what sex I should be. I am usually f but but that is just so cis . If I hang out with the guardian at the local pub I will have to be something more today.

      DriveBy in reply to dacama. | September 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

      BannedByThe Guardian is right, if you are interested, do your own research!

      I was interested. I will be a sport and share with you:

      Quote:
      “Gough also grilled West about a life insurance policy she had on her child, and why she was so quick to call the company the morning after the shooting. He claimed that she needed the money and didn’t realize the policy didn’t pay much, because it was designed to grow as the child got older.”

      Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/sherry-west-demarquise-elkins-trial-update-mom-testifies-about-her-son-antonios-death#ixzz2exuz98Ew

      I was wondering why a mother would fight over a stupid purse when her small child was with her, and a gun was being used as a threat. And why the “shot between the eyes?” Stupid b1tch! Money…

        sequester in reply to DriveBy. | September 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

        Besides being abhorrent, Driveby, the point you are trying to make is nugatory. It has no relevance to the defendants civil or criminal liability and no bearing on the obligations of the insurer.

        For the record, West said she had no money. Before shooting the child, Elkins shot her in the leg. From what she knew at that time both she and her baby could have been killed.

        Driveby do you wish to further allege that these circumstances give rise to probable cause that West conspired with these two young thugs?

        This is just one more example of Gadfly DriveBy’s blame the victim mantra.

          DriveBy in reply to sequester. | September 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

          The primary victim, the baby, is dead. I do place a great deal of responsibility for the child’s death on his stupid mother because:

          Quote:
          “Dominique Lang, 15, testified at the trial he was with Elkins when the older teen pulled a gun and demanded West’s purse. When she refused to give it to him, Lang said, Elkins twice threatened her baby and counted down from five.”

          Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/teen-sentenced-life-prison-killing-baby-stroller-article-1.1454299#ixzz2eyL8AhoL

          “…demanded West’s purse. When she refused to give it to him…” It must be a really nice purse!

          The murderer is fully responsible; but in this case the mother’s actions are in fact a part of what happened and things could have been different if she had made a different choice in the face of a thug with a gun doing a count-down threat if she refused to give him her stupid purse. Just my opinion.

          sequester in reply to sequester. | September 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

          Gadfly DriveBy: Do you also hold women who resist a rapist responsible for their injuries? Do you hold battered women whose ex-husbands shoot up an office building and kill others responsible?

          The primary victim, the baby, is dead. I do place a great deal of responsibility for the child’s death on his stupid mother because

          DriveBy in reply to sequester. | September 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

          Your questions are irrelevant to this case and discussion.

          In all honesty with you, this is a sick topic, but I like you have an opinion about it and [for me] this is a quite Sunday.

          The monster threatened to shoot the baby if the mother did not give him her purse! And he actually did a count-down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; but the mother kept hold of her purse. The monster threatened to shoot the baby a second time, doing another count-down from 5 to 1, but the mother kept hold of her purse. Something is wrong here [with the mother] I’m afraid. The poor kid deserved a much better, more caring, more loving mother. Again, just my opinion.

          BTW, the baby’s father seems to agree with my opinion:

          Quote:
          “According to the station, Louis Santiago is currently in jail on charges of aggravated stalking. An arrest warrant from June 6 reportedly says Santiago was stalking Sherry West, in violation of police orders. He was reportedly convicted of the same charges in another case from 2009.

          West claims Santiago “went nuts” in the months following their son’s murder and violated a restraining order, according to the station.

          “He was throwing things through the window and terrorizing me, saying that I killed my baby and it should have been me,” West told the station.”

          http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57594017-504083/antonio-santiago-update-gunshot-residue-found-on-slain-ga-babys-parents-report-says/

The only way I would survive the rest of my life if I were the baby’s father is to find a way to forgive the killers and tell the judge to give them a chance for parole.

There are people who, by their conduct, deserve to be expunged from the planet.

The death penalty works every time it is applied.

    Conservative Beaner in reply to Ragspierre. | September 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I hope the lads are put in a cell with someone who has a high dislike of pedophiles/child killers, oh the fun of the screaming and crying that will ensue. The only thing better than a death sentence is one that is carried out slowly and painfully.

      Child killers are in third place on the prison shit list, below only pedophiles and snitches. This killer will spend his time in prison split in a rotating cycle between his cell, the infirmary, and segregation while he heals. If he heals.

“is a bit more uplifting”

I protest. Sherry West showed a great deal of courage. She just didn’t know there were people who existed, even those thugs trying to rob her, who would shoot a toddler point blank.

If we resist then soon thugs would learn there is no future in predation.

My daughter has been mugged three times. The third time she hung onto her pocketbook and screamed her lungs out. Maybe not the wisest action, but one SHE CHOSE in an instant. She won that confrontation. She chose not to shelter in place.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Viator. | September 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I have read that she knew these boys already .

    She knows quite a lot about youths planning a deadly attack. If your son had been involved in one wouldn’t you?

There might have been a happier outcome had Antonio’s mom had and used a hand gun in their self defense. When seconds count, the cops are minutes away. So far as I am concerned, concealed carry is a legitimate women’s rights issue.

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De’Marquise,’Yo. May your ‘yootful caboose be given unfailing and continously brutal attention for the rest of your(hoping)short,savaged life in the Big House.

And—Jeepers,what a surprise—I won ANOTHER $50-Bucks in a confident bet to myself on what your photo would look like,’Yo.

May I politely point out that had the couple with the abusive baby sitter NOT have left a very young child with a 22 year old babysitter, their child (and dog) would not have had to endure weeks and possibly months of abuse. And thank god for the dog, before the baby ended up with shaken baby syndrome or death.

I do not understand how anyone can leave their infant/young child every day with a stranger while they go to work. Yes, I realize many single mothers have no choice. That doesn’t appear to be the case here.

If you can’t afford to stay home with the child, don’t have them. If you have them, make sacrifices materially to stay home with them. There are a lot of people who do so, just as there are lots of people who homeschool. There is no job as important as being with your child when they are young.

    while I whole heartedly agree with final sentence, I disagree with your initial premise.

    Throughout history, many children have been left to the care of nannies, governesses, or tutors and still have grown up to be people of moral character. No one expects the person they hire to CARE for their child will turn out to be a predatory abuser of that child.

    This is one instance where References were probably not thoroughly researched, or if they were, then there is a trail of deceit in terms of the sitter’s moral character.

    Still, while it IS important to be with your child when they are young, it is not a necessity to be present 100% of the time.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Uh Huh. | September 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Surprise! Middle class young professionals move to Charleston & need to hire a lower class person to look after their kid whilst they go out & earn big ger bikkies.

    All the older black ladies are fully booked out bringinging up their own great grand kids . The younger ones will not work for white honkies for less than welfare . Dey be no f**kin slaves.

    So they hire a 22 year old uneducated distant relative of Ghenghis & are shocked she tells the kid to ‘shut the f*ck up.’.

    I bet you $ 4 they voted for Obama .

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Uh Huh. | September 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I am going to give out a bet . What is the likelihood these 2 are Yankees & the lcal whites will not work for them either. Kudos to anyone who can find out where they are from . The mother is over at another site gloaming away.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | September 15, 2013 at 2:04 am

      Not . Looks like she is from a 98% white garden suburb of Birmingham Alabama .

      I will,write her into my next short story.

      Dog saves KKK baby from Ghenghis Khan 7th cousin twice removed.

      “I am going to give out a bet . What is the likelihood these 2 are Yankees & the lcal whites will not work for them either. ”

      What the hell is wrong with you?

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Amy in FL. | September 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        Florida is gone. The sun & cheap living have attracted too many flies from the north. now that they have wrecked Florida they are moving in on SC which still has some charm.

        Sc is doing its best to ward them off with their best weapon – Lindsey Graham.

Definitely not blaming the victim, but, Dear God, why not give up the purse????

    sequester in reply to moonstone716. | September 15, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Perhaps this excerpt from the Guardian story linked to in the text of the main post will explain.

    West testified she pleaded with Elkins that she had no money and tried to cover her child with her arms as the gunman fired a warning shot, fired a bullet into her leg and then shot the baby.

    Elkins was also convicted of shooting a Church Pastor ten days earlier (emphasis added):

    The judge not only gave Elkins the maximum possible punishment for his murder conviction, but also sentenced him to 105 additional years in prison for other counts including aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery. That included 30 years for shooting and wounding a pastor outside his church 10 days before the baby was killed.

Elkins was convicted of killing an infant, not by accident but with vicious premeditation. He was also convicted of shooting a Church Pastor.

Given how other inmates will regard these acts, Elkins will likely spend the remainder of his life in the solitary confinement better known as protective custody

I think the death penalty should only be used for the worst crimes.

Executing a baby in a stroller certainly qualifies.

It is obscene that we will have to pay to feed and support this killer for decades. That money could be used much better–I would even rather it be used to pay for Obama golfing. That’s how bad this is.

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