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Brunswick commissioner jailed in connection with baby killing

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First the suspected baby killer’s mother, aunt, and sister are arrested for obstruction of justice, and now a Brunswick County Commissioner.

Commissioner James Henry Brooks Sr. has been arrested and jailed for felony obstruction of justice in the hate crime execution style slaying of a white baby by two teenage black gangbangers.


City Commissioner James Henry Brooks Sr. has been charged with influencing a witness and obstructing the investigation of the fatal shooting of a baby and wounding of his mother March 21.

Brooks, also charged with racketeering in unrelated cases in Camden County, was booked into the Glynn County jail.

He was at the Glynn County Courthouse Monday when the mother of murder defendant De’Marquise Elkins left the courthouse after her son’s initial court appearance. As Karimah Elkins and another woman walked from the courthouse, a county police investigator tried to speak with her. Brooks stepped between them and prevented the officer from speaking with the mother, officials said.

A bail of $1,256 has been set on the obstruction charge, but there is no bail on the charge of influencing witnesses, authorities said.
Karimah Elkins, 36, was later arrested, questioned and charged in the case.

She and Sabrina Shanae Nicole Elkins, 19, her daughter and the sister of murder defendant De’Marquise Elkins, 17, remain in jail on felony tampering-with-evidence charges.

The mother, aunt, and sister of the suspected gunman in the baby killing have all been arrested for obstruction.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said Thursday the investigation has uncovered more evidence and identified more witnesses, but appealed for more help from the public.

“You know your neighbors. People who trust other people are more likely to talk to them,” said Doering, flanked by Sheriff Neal Jump and Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green. “If you get that information, let us know. Some have done so, but we know there is more out there.”

Karimah Elkins’ sister, Katrina Elkins, had been in the jail on a charge of making false statements to police but has been transferred to Henry County on a probation violation warrant, Jump said. Should that issue be resolved, she will be sent back to Glynn County, where police have a hold order for her.

Jail records indicate that no bail has been set for Sabrina and Karimah Elkins.
De’Marquise Elkins, his three family members and 15-year-old Dominique Lang all were indicted Wednesday in the shooting death of 13-month-old Antonio Angel Santiago. The two teenage males are charged with murder; the Elkins women all face charges stemming from actions in the days and hours after the baby’s death.