Noticing the number of people visiting this blog via search engines seeking information on the Baby Antonio West case, I knew some new information must have been released. When I looked the case up, I learned that gun shot residue (GSR) found on the father's clothes has become a minor issue. More than likely the residue transferred to Luis Santiago's clothes when he met with the child's mother, Sherry West, after the baby's murder, West says.
My opinion on the latest developments in the baby Antonio West case is pretty much the same as it was before--the boys were arrested, and it sounds like they're guilty if the reports about hiding the gun are true. Nevertheless, as was clear early on in this case, Santiago, the father, blames West for the child's death. He has been arrested for violating a restraining order, and West says she's afraid of him.
WTEV, ActionNewsJax.com, reports West says Santiago "went nuts."
"He was throwing things through the window and terrorizing me, saying that I killed my baby and it should have been me," said West.This Brunswick, Georgia, case made national news in March after it was reported that two teen black males had shot 13-month-old Antonio West in the face and while the child was in his stroller. While the report was shocking and tragic, I immediately recalled the Susan Smith case in which a white mother blamed a mysterious black man for kidnapping her two young children. It turned out that she has killed them.
I did not want to believe that the two black boys had committed such a heinous act, and West did have the kind of history that indicated she may not have been telling the truth or may have been involved with the crime in some way. Later, however, evidence seemed to mount against the teens, and all I could say was "if they did it, they must be punished." All in all this case seems to be another tragedy involving people in poverty with untreated mental disorders and few opportunities to make their lives better.
Nonetheless, when this story broke, Robert Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's brother, used it as a hammer to strike out at black teens. He tweeted the equivalent of "all black teens are killers" with faulty logic asserting it's reasonable for people to think black people (all black people) are risky, and yet some people still think it's outrageous to call the Zimmermans "racists."