The mother and the aunt of one of the two teenage boys accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in Brunswick, Georgia, have been arrested, according to documents in the case.
Seventeen-year-old murder suspect De'Marquise Elkins' mother, Karimah Aisha Elkins, 36, and his aunt, Katrina Latrelle Elkins, 33, are accused of "false statements or writings," among other charges, the complaint said.
Authorities held both women in the Glynn County Detention Center until they were released on $1,104 bond.
Katrina Elkins also was held for an unrelated probation violation.
Also Tuesday, police investigating the case found a weapon and are trying to determine if it is connected to the shooting, a Brunswick police spokesman said.
Last Thursday, Sherry West told reporters she was pushing her baby in a stroller in broad daylight when two teenagers approached her. One demanded money and pointed at her what West first thought was a fake gun. But he fired at her, missing her head and hitting her in the leg, West said, and then the teen shot her baby in the face.
Both of the suspects were charged with murder last week, and made their first appearance in court Monday.
Wearing an orange jumpsuit, his hands and feet shackled, the 15-year-old listened as Glynn County Judge Timothy Barton read him his Miranda rights. The younger suspect is not being identified because of his age.
Previously, the boy's age was reported as 14.
Authorities have not yet said whether the teen will be considered a juvenile or adult, and the teen did not enter a plea.
Asked if he had any questions, the teen told the judge, "no sir."
The 15-year-old's mother, Brenda Moses, said her son was "just a witness," and that "he didn't do anything wrong."
"My feelings go out to the mother, and the baby and my baby," Moses said. "They've handled this investigation wrong, and the truth is going to come out."
Elkins also did not enter a plea when he appeared in court Monday.
He was dressed in regular clothes, but his hands and feet were handcuffed and he wore a belt shackle.
Elkins' attorney, Jonathan Lockwood, spoke for him during the appearance.
When he arrived in the courtroom, the teen turned to his mother, Karimah Elkins, and nodded.
At the end of the appearance, she said, "I love you, Marquise."
"I'll never hear his first word'
West said she was her way home Thursday from the post office last week when she was confronted by the teens.
"I thought he was just using a toy gun to scare me. And then he shot at my head, and the bullet grazed my ear and the side of my head, and then he shot me in the leg, and I still thought that it was a fake gun," she told CNN's "Piers Morgan Live."
"He kept asking me (for money), and I kept telling him I don't have any," she said. "He shot my baby in the face, and then I knew it was a real gun."
West, 42, said she started screaming. She took her son out of his harness and started CPR. She saw his lungs inflate but couldn't get a pulse, she said.
Police and medical personnel took over when they arrived, West said, but it was too late. Her son died.
"I'll never hear his first word," West said.