World – 11-year-old charged with murder

CLEVELAND –– An 11-year-old girl in Ohio has been charged with murder after she allegedly beat a two-month-old baby to death.

The girl, who is not being named because of her age, went before a juvenile court judge Monday and was ordered to undergo a mental competency exam before her next appearance.

This undated family photo provided by Trina Whitehead shows her infant daughter Zuri Whitehead.
This undated family photo provided by Trina Whitehead shows her infant daughter Zuri Whitehead.

“We’re trying to figure out what would motivate someone to do something like that,” Wickliffe Police Chief Randy Ice told reporters. “And so far, we haven’t come up with an answer.”

The incident took place Friday at an apartment in the city of Wickliffe, about 17 miles outside Cleveland.

The girl’s mother was babysitting the infant Zuri Whitehead. She wanted to give the baby’s mother a break from caring for a newborn, police said.

After the mother fell asleep on the couch, the girl took Zuri upstairs, Ice told the court at Monday’s hearing. She returned 45 minutes later, woke the mother up and said something was wrong with the baby, Ice said.

Zuri was taken to a hospital where she died during surgery.

The baby had massive injuries to her brain, liver, spleen and kidney, Ice said.

The police chief said he is considering offering counselling for officers who responded to the scene.

“We’re having a hard time getting our head around this,” he told reporters. “You don’t see something like this; hardly ever.”

At the hearing, the little girl, all of four feet tall and about 50 pounds, appeared in leg shackles and sat beside her mother, as family members sobbed, CNN affiliate WOIO reported.

The scene made even seasoned prosecutors well up, the affiliate reported.

A judge asked if she understood the charges against her. She answered yes.

She is being held at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Centre.

Source: (CNN)

One Response to World – 11-year-old charged with murder

  1. Maxine Hutchinson February 12, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I am having difficulty with the “stand-in” carer who, according to the reports, seemed to have fallen asleep on the couch before her 11 year old daughter. Mothers are not go to sleep before children of that age (11 years). Was the mother tired? If she was tired why would she have offered to care for the baby for her friend? There may be many missing parts to this story but I believe that they will unfold with the passing of time.


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