Two youths arrested in death of Georgia baby
(CNN) —Two youths have been arrested in the shooting death of a 13-month-old boy who was in his stroller, according to police in Brunswick, Georgia.
Police offered a $10,000 reward for information and have received more than 30 leads, police said.
Though no one has reported seeing the shooting, several people called 911 after hearing it, police spokesman Todd Rhodes said earlier.
Earlier on Friday, police responding to a 911 call in southeastern Georgia found a baby boy shot dead and a mother with a leg wound Thursday morning.The incident in Brunswick prompted a search for two young male suspects.
While the mother said she was the victim of an attempted robbery, police said they had not identified a motive so far. They did not provide any other details of the alleged crime, other than to say that after the “senseless act,” both suspects fled on foot.
The mother, who was treated and released from a hospital, told CNN affiliate WAWS that she was walking her 13-month-old in his stroller Thursday morning when the two youths approached her and demanded money.
“He said, ‘I am going to kill you if you don’t give me your money,’” said Sherry West. She said she insisted she had no cash so the older boy shot her in the leg.
“He says, ‘Well, I am going to kill your baby.’”
She tried to shield the baby, but the boy shoved her away and shot the infant in the head, she said.
CNN affiliate WJXT reported the baby died at the scene.
No weapon was recovered at the scene in a residential neighborhood, Police chief Tobe Green told reporters. City Manager Bill Weeks said no other witnesses have come forward.
“This is obviously just a terrible day in the city of Brunswick,” Mayor Bryan Thompson said at a news conference, “and made even more terrible by the senseless killing of a young child and it appears perpetrated by children themselves.”
– CNN’s Dave Alsup contributed to this report.
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