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Baby murder raises questions on juvenile crime

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Updated: 4/05/2013 7:13 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The killing of one-year-old Antonio Santiago has left some in the small coastal community of Brunswick afraid to even go outside.

What's perhaps even more chilling is that the two suspects in the case are teenagers.

The case is bringing some unwanted attention to crimes involving young people in that community.

"We're in spring and like anybody else, I think most people would agree, the more kids are out of school with less supervision we have more minor issues," said Chief Matt Doering, Glynn County Police Department.

In 2012, the Glynn County Police Department received 58,423 police activity calls. Of those calls, 495 were related to a juvenile. The report does not go in to detail about the nature of the call.

According to Stormy Adkins with Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship, teen crime in Brunswick is a problem.

"I feel that they do have a juvenile crime problem I also feel that there are solutions that need to be implemented," said Stormy Adkins, Co-Pastor at Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship.

Adkins considers her church to be part of the solution. They run a program called "Teens of Dreams," which focuses on encouraging young people achieve their goals.

"They can do it and they can make it if you have the proper structure," said Adkins.

One of the suspects in the case, De'Marquise Elkins, 17, used to attend Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship. Adkins says the church and community failed to guide him toward a life outside of crime.

Adkins says helping troubled teens is a community effort and more still needs done.

"If the state of Georgia can give someone a parole officer they could also assign a pastor to mentor them. There is a spiritual component that is missing," said Adkins.

The church also runs an ex-offender car wash to give teens with a troubled past a second chance.

This Saturday Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship will hold an Easter festival for teens. They plan on having "huddles" for anyone who wants to discuss baby Antonio's death.
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nativejax - 3/29/2013 1:43 PM
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That's the problem, these young brats arn't getting ENOUGH attention at home, nor their ass whooping's they need when they start their 'disrespecting and mouthing off'.

whosaysnocan - 3/29/2013 10:14 AM
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Growing up in the '60's, I was "labeled" a "youth at risk." Parents divorced, father gone, mother working, 3 siblings. We lacked adult supervision. Yes, we were a bit out of control, but we feared our mother, so we did keep away from too much bad behavior. We were eligible and took advantage of work programs that provided work experience and a pay check. Each of us grew up to become productive, hard working, tax paying citizens. I am a military veteran. Each of us married once and remain married for decades. All this said, the thing that gets me concerning the juvenile delinquents of today is that when their actions are such as this case is, it becomes "front page" news. Each day dawns with reports of shootings, murder and general criminal activity with the perpetrator within the age group of mid to late teens and young adults. Yes, there are older people that are doing some of it, but in recent years the youth are the criminals. Also, those older ones usually started their crimes as kids. There will always churches & various organizations that will try to help these folk. But it will not change until there are harsher consequences for those responsible for the behavior of said children. I understand all the rights each of us have as citizens. It is obvious what years of "public" housing, government assistance to bear children without facing the responsibility of teaching/bringing them up to be protective citizens has brought to many communities. I know there are some that escape from the lifestyle. What makes them the exception vice the rule? When this dies down & whatever is "normal" daily life is for each of us returns, there will continue to be the problems of juvenile crime every day. What can anyone do to curb this? What can we expect from our leaders at the community level? From the owners of the public housing? These are questions that are probably asked, yet we do not see much response.

Gunny48 - 3/29/2013 7:13 AM
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Send in the TSA!!! No prisoners!!! Bwahahahahahaha...?

Fred Thompson - 3/28/2013 10:59 PM
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The case is brining "unwanted attintion" to the young people of the community? YEA' theres drug dealing going on that will soon be discovered along with illeagle guns! Just wait and see.
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