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Women Deny Hiding Gun Seized in Ga. Baby Killing

by Associated Press

    De'Marquise Elkins, center, listens to proceedings during his bond hearing while sitting next to his lawyer Defense Attorney Kevin Gough, right, Friday April 5, 2013 in Brunswick, Ga. Authorities charged Elkins with malice murder for the March 21 slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. Police say the child was shot as Elkins and a younger teenager tried to rob the boy's mother. The judge denied Elkins' request for bond Friday, saying he's concerned Elkins might flee. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The mother and older sister of a coastal Georgia teenager charged with killing a baby last month are pleading not guilty to charges that they tried to dispose of a gun police believe was used in the slaying.

The Brunswick News reports (http://bit.ly/cEp60) that Karimah Elkins and her 19-year-old daughter, Sabrina Elkins, entered written pleas Friday. Both are charged with evidence tampering in the case against 18-year-old De'Marquise (deh-mahr-KEESE) Elkins. He faces a malice murder charge and other counts in the March 21 slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in coastal Brunswick.

An indictment accuses the two Elkins women of disposing of a .22-caliber pistol in a small saltwater pond where it was later found by police. The gun is being tested to determine whether it matches the weapon that killed the child.

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