Hearing Continues for 12-Year-Old Charged in Toddler's Death
A judge will determine how to proceed in a case against a Fort Washington preteen charged in his two-year-old foster sister's killing.
An update on this story is available here: 12-Year-Old Convicted in Toddler's Beating.
The fate of a Fort Washington preteen hangs in the balance as a Prince George's County judge determines if the 12-year-old boy will face a trial in the fatal beating of his two-year-old foster sister.
The second day of the hearing will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m.
According to Nancy C. Lineman, a spokeswoman with the Prince George's County State's Attorney's office, the defense has one more witness.
"Then it will be up to the judge to decide what happens next (whether to allow the statements in) and when a trial will be held (or in the alternative [defense] and state could determine appropriate plea)," Lineman wrote in an email.
The judge also recessed the hearing to watch a video of the police interview of the suspect.
Prince George's County Police arrested and charged the preteen with second-degree murder on July 5, after the boy's father found his foster sister, two-year-old Aniyah Batchelor unresponsive in the family's Fort Washington home on July 2.
The toddler was in the care of a 15-year-old girl at the time of her death.
An autopsy performed on July 4 confirmed that Batchelor was killed by blunt force trauma and police found that the 12-year-old had beaten the toddler repeatedly, according to the PGPD blog.
The last time a preteen was charged with murder in Prince George's County was in 2006, PGPD Spokeswoman Julie Parker said. In Maryland, in order to be charged as an adult a juvenile must be 14; however, in special cases, this law can be waived.
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