Prosecutors review adult charge for 12-year-old Florida boy accused of killing toddler cousin

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Prosecutors are deciding whether to charge a 12-year-old Florida boy as an adult in the death of his 17-month-old cousin.

Police say the boy confessed to beating the girl with a baseball bat because she was crying during a cartoon show on TV. She was pronounced dead later and was found to have suffered several skull fractures.

The boy's public defenders say the case belongs in the juvenile system, arguing, "The juvenile justice system is in place for a reason, and juvenile sanctions exist for a reason."

The young suspect is a seventh-grader who stands 4-foot-11 and weighs just 90 pounds. An attorney says he is very close to his family.

Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense say they are looking into the level of supervision given the suspect.

The suspect has been ordered to be held for at least 21 days.

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