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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.

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 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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