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It’s not the mother’s first loss of a child to violence. West said her 18-year-old son, Shaun Glassey, was killed in New Jersey in 2008. She still has a newspaper clipping from the time.
Glassey was killed with a steak knife in March 2008 during an attack involving several other teens on a dark street corner in Gloucester County, N.J., according to news reports from the time.
"He and some other boys were going to ambush a kid," Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County prosecutor’s office, told the AP Friday.
Glassey was armed with a knife, but the 17-year-old target of the attack was able to get the knife away from him "and Glassey ended up on the wrong end of the knife," Weisenfeld recalled.
Prosecutors decided the 17-year-old would not be charged because they determined that he acted in self-defense.
Sabrina Elkins, the sister of the older suspect in the baby’s slaying, said Friday evening that she believed her brother was innocent of the charges. She didn’t know whether he had a lawyer.
"He couldn’t have done that to a little baby," she told AP. "My brother has a good heart."
She said that her brother had been living in Atlanta, and only returned to Brunswick a few months ago. Typically, he would come by her house in the morning and they’d go to breakfast. But yesterday morning, police came to her door.
Her brother was walking down the sidewalk and saw the officers at her door but came over anyway, Sabrina Elkins said.
"The police came pointing a Taser at him, telling him to get on the ground," she recalled by phone. "He said, ‘What are you getting me for? Can you tell me what I did?’"
Sabrina Elkins said, "I am devastated and I keep saying, ‘There ain’t no way (this is) possible.’"
Associated Press Writer Christina A. Cassidy in Atlanta and news researcher Monika Mathur in New York contributed to this report.
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