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Police Charge 12-Year-Old in Toddler's Killing

A 12-year-old boy has been charged in the beating death of a two-year-old girl who was staying at his family's home.

By Sonia Dasgupta

This story has been updated on July 10:

Police have charged a Prince George's County 12-year-old with second-degree murder in the fatal beating of a toddler.

Two year old Aniyah Batchelor was found unresponsive by the Fort Washington suspect’s father on July 2 in the 1800 block of Taylor Street, where she had been placed in foster care by a state agency, Prince George's County Police spokeswoman Julie Parker told The Washington Post.

The suspect's father attempted to perform CPR on the girl while paramedics were in route, but Batchelor was ultimately pronounced dead at the hospital, according to police.

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 pre-teen was charged with murder in Prince George's County was in 2006, 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.

There were other children living in this home at the time of the beating — including a 15 year old, who was left in charge, and a four year old, police said.

The suspect is being held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility and he is not being charged as an adult at this time, said police.

Renee July 07, 2012 at 12:27 PM
The article says "the suspect's father attempted to perform CPR", which means the toddler was the foster child, NOT the murderer, so some of you need to stop defending him because of his unknown background and being placed in foster care. He was in his own home and killed the family's foster child.
Renee July 07, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Oh my aching back! It never fails that no matter the issue, George Bush and the Republicans get dragged into it. GET OVER IT, ALREADY. I think your anger toward "the other side" is just as out of control as this little thug who killed this child. Torture has been a military tactic for centuries and was not invented by GW Bush. You are a sad, angry, bitter being.
Renee July 07, 2012 at 12:36 PM
No, what is wrong with YOU? You make it sound like he's just the kid next door. He's a little demon.
Renee July 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I agree with the part that while in foster care they can do anything you and you had no voice to stop the abuse. My grandparents kept foster children for years. My brothers and sisters and I witnessed their abuse. My parents reported my grandparents to the proper authorities and they did nothing. They didn't want to have to deal with removing them from the home and housing them until they found other homes. My grandparents did it just for the money and didn't give a crap about these kids. They would have 6 in one bedroom. Either the system never checked up on them with visits or did and didn't care. This was back in the 60's.....I don't know how it is today.
KwanYin July 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I have a nephew. Can't leave him alone with anything. He was diagnosed as a danger to himself and others when he was 5, yes FIVE years old. His mother gotnhim a kitten, I drove up as he lit it. My mother let my toddler play with him in the yard, he shoved my baby into a snake den. You make him upset, he would take scissors to everything you own. If you have a 'special needs' child there are a LOT of things you don't do. If he had multiple foster kids then he knew he had 'special needs' kids and needed to make a different decision.
JG Lawson July 07, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Having lived in Kentucky for several years, I saw many folks who had foster children. A gentleman I saw regularly in town seemed to have a different child with him when he was out and about. Seems like a new child every several months. Also, having known a lady who had a daughter that worked at a "home" for troubled girls was very informative. The hateful things this daughter told her mother she did to these girls made me cringe. And sadly they laughed about at her antics. I was horrified when I heard what had been done to these girls. How would you feel if you were told to organize your drawer and upon inspection it didn't quite suit them and all of your drawer was dumped to the floor? Just mean little things like this was discussed and laughed at. These poor children have been through hell. I feel like everyone else. Where were the parents and why were the younger children left with anyone but an adult? Very sad situation for all concerned. Especially when children are sometimes used as a "meal ticket".
JG Lawson July 07, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Like others, I agree.
JG Lawson July 07, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Ellen, if the 12 year old is a natural child of these parents and he has "learned" this unacceptable behavior, then why in the world would the parents be allowed to keep foster children? Obviously if beatings were commonplace and learned surely the system would never have allowed these parents to take on more responsibility and children....gosh I sure hope not.
gloria kane July 07, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I agree with you!! Please wait until all has been revealed! Do not forget, it doesn't take much to damage a toddler. one strike or even 2 strikes is all it takes. To state that 12 yo is a sociopath is a long strech. I think more has to be known before such rush to judgement!!
Renee July 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
These parents had to know this 12 year old was a lit fuse.....I'm sure he's exhibited his rage in other situations, so they were wrong to leave a 15 year old in charge of this miniature lunatic. People are blaming the 15 year, who could be a girl, and may have been terrified at the rage of the 12 year old. No way did this kind of rage and behavior present itself for the first time on this particular day.
Renee July 07, 2012 at 03:29 PM
My niece and her husband have fostered several children (and have adopted two), not for the money, but because they feel it's their "calling" to nurture, love, and hone unwanted and abused children into their full potential in life. They've had foster children ripped from their arms just because the system believed they should be cycled around and experience different cultures and lifestyles. The foster system is a big part of the blame in how foster children are treated. They are removed from loving, caring foster homes and some spend their entire childhoods with dozens of different families just because the system feels it's necessary to move them around, for some odd reason.
Tina B July 07, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Why is everyone talking about FOSTER CARE? No where is it mentioned that anyone was in foster care. They aren't advising who the kids lived with but the article says that the 'suspects' father tried CPR on the 2 year old. It could be a bunch of different family members sharing the same house. No foster care appeared to be involved but hopefully now there will be. The 12 year old should be removed from the household and evaluated. If he is a sociopath, there is NO CURE. He should be in a facility the rest of his life or he will kill again.
Tina B July 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
You forgot - she pooped her diaper and I didn't want to change it. You are absolutely 200% correct on sociopaths. They can't be fixed. The kid needs to be locked away for life or someone else will suffer the same fate when he's let out. Of course some bleeding heart attorney will get the case and plead him out and then they'll be some other group protesting him being put in a facility. Society has to learn to stop being sympathetic to murderers!
John Casy July 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Children are such a mistake to have. Just more trouble than there worth.
katie July 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
It is impossible to watch your children 100% of the time. It says that the suspect's father was trying to do CPR until the paramedics arrived - maybe he went out to mow the lawn; maybe he had to walk and get the mail - you don't know why his back was turned or what the situation is. And as for saying a 15 year old is too young to be left with children; I'd be suprised if some of you haven't used a 15 year old kid or family member to watch your kids while you ran to the grocery store real quick. This is horrific incident; but unless you are the ACTUAL judge or jury; please don't pass judgement. This family that was fostering the toddler also has their own son locked up. I'm sure they feel terrible for BOTH reasons.
Ann July 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I agree. If he's old enough to do the crime than he's old enough to do the time.
Barbara Jensen July 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
There are some strong lynch mob, ignorant, mentalities here. The first paragraph says she was in Foster care. One thing is pretty certain, that the 12 yr old has more than likely exhibited violence on other occasions. Much violence between children is not addressed until an incident like this occurs to get someones attention, sad, but true. Look around. So while all of you want to string up the various parties involved...lets take a serious look and unravel how this happened . PUNISHMENT as a concept does NOT WORK. Look at the prison system...I rest my case. People that think 'spanking" is a form of discipline are breeding violent kids, many of who will end up in prison. Hey, but dont take my word for any of this, do some research, instead of judgement diarrhea of the mouth, having no clue about what you are talking about! The mentality of many here is not just annoying, it is DANGEROUS, because it does not produce any result that goes FORWARD and help us understand why our culture is escalating in violence at younger and younger ages. Start thinking and curb speaking!!!
Barbara Jensen July 07, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I rest my earlier case. Who said this child was a sociopath. You dont even have the basic facts of the case because they were not given????????????
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) July 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
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Barbara Jensen July 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
thank-you, for your THOUGHTFUL comment. Its the first one I have read. Most are too busy judging without any facts.
Christopher Cox July 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
a 12 year old is shown how to be by his or her parents . charge the parent get the child counseling end of story
Katheleen Cannella July 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
This is just terrible. This is not the first time I have read about a child around that age killing a younger child. I really feel that if a child is mentally that bad off by the age of 12 or so that they can do murder, I would seriously question if they could be rehabilitated. In most cases I have read about people do NOT change! We do need to keep our society safe.
Mtnstar July 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Renee, he may very well be the kid next door. In reading the story it definitely states that the 2yr old was placed in foster care, not any of the other children. There are so many things left out in this story. Could it be that the 15yr old and 4yr old are biological children of foster parent & 15 yr old was left in charge of the 2yr old and the 4yr old. It states that the father of 12yr found the 2yr old. Could it be the 12yr old lived next door and left without asking to go next door to play. Could it be that the 15yr old let him in possibly and went to another room to get them all something to eat never imagining that the 12yr old could be capable of murder. Meanwhile father goes looking for 12yr old, knocks on door & 15yr old points him to the direction of his son. Honestly a 12 yr old boy in a state of "Full on Rage" with a rush of adrenaline could most likely render a blow that would have knocked the 2yr old unconscious in the first hit. No screaming. There are just too many unknowns in this story. It is truly sad and I only hope the 2yr old who had obviously suffered enough in her life felt nothing after the first blow. I do believe the 12yr old should be punished especially if he comes from a family with violent background. Anyone who says different should seek help.For him this may seem like normal everyday life and if he is a sociopath or psychopath, is that truly fixable? To the person who keeps asking would you let him in your home after rehab? My answer is no.
just me July 07, 2012 at 08:50 PM
So why not charge the mother of the 12year old for birthing him in the first place. And the list could go on. ¿understand??
Hope H July 07, 2012 at 10:28 PM
well first to Tina B. IT did say she had been placed in FOster care and that the suspects father, the 12 yr olds father did CPR.. so he may have been outiide, maby working on teh car.... also i agree with many others i am so glad our guilt is not decided on teh merits adn reading ability of what is put on the internet, are maby innocent are sick people woudl be free. We elect our judicial system and have a way in the laws that are passed, so if u dont like them , get an education and do somethign about them, dont sit on your Pristine Throne and throw stones,,, unless u first are totally innocent of ever ding anything that someone might say u did, for waht ever reason,,,, no matter waht the circumstances, and u have no idea that 12 year old could have been a good kid, i also had foster brothersf and sisters adn i tell u waht .. a 2 yr old taken form a home full of vilence adn drugs, and abuse... can do some horrible things to good kids and they might just snap , they are only kids... and i also agree with teh person taht siad 1 or 2 hits and a hit and fall could have caused blunt force trama to her head adn caused her dath.. so wait and see what the real eviednce is , give teh boy a fighting chance, after all we are all GODS children
Rose Woodruff July 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Daphne shows amazing sexism. Why would it be the mother's responsibility more than the fathers? Also, anyone who raised kids knows an awful lot can happen in the 10 minutes it takes a parent to take a shower. Clearly the situation warrants more investigation, but all this conjecture just feeds hate and blame. Perhaps we should remove the 12-year-old from where he can hurt others (done) and then get him appropriate psychological help. If we allowed schools to provide psychological help without the parents' permission, a lot more children would grow up to be functional adults.
Jackie W. July 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I'm sure this isn't the first time this 12 yr old has had any issues with his temper. Shame on the parents for leaving this baby. When you take on a job caring for a child through foster care treat it as a job, you wouldn't let your teenager go to work for you would you.
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Here's an update. Couldn't get an answer about whether or not foster parents would be charged. Still working on finding out. http://uppermarlboro.patch.com/articles/toddler-s-mother-responds-to-beating-death
Rose Woodruff July 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Perhaps you'd be less likely to call a person, even a very disturbed person, an animal or beast if you used your real name and had to publicly own your comments. Based on your comment of "lethal injection is too humane [for this twelve year old]" perhaps we should assume you like to harm others.
Heather Bethea April 25, 2013 at 07:38 PM
As someone who knows this family very well, they're not a bad family. They did not take in foster kids for money, the only child they took in as a foster child was the little girl who was sadly killed. The other children includng the boy who was charged are their biological children. Not every foster home is the same and they weren't abusive towards their own children so it was not a behaviour learned or saw as some suggested. They're good people who went to church every Sunday and were very active in their church and community. Sadly bad things can happen to anyone, no one is immune. I cannot comment on much more as far as the case itself and his mental state I just wanted to let you know that this family in general is not a bad family. They don't drink or smoke, do drugs or abuse their kids, They're God fearing people who had the most horrible act of violence touch their family. Imagine if it was your son that did this to anyone, I know my oldest has some jealousy issues over his younger brother and when I've been out of the room for a minute he's pushed him down or thrown a toy at him hitting him in the head. I'm not a bad parent I'm a mom who can't sit and stare at my kids all day with a husband who works the midnight shift. It's sad yes and I get why everyone is mad because this precious life is lost, at the end of the day two lives are lost because even if he ever gets out of jail his life will never be the same.

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