Boy, 12, Charged in Murder of 2-Year-Old Girl
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Police in a Washington, D.C., suburb say a 12-year-old boy faces second-degree murder charges in the beating death of a 2-year-old foster child living with his family.He is being charged as a juvenile and his name is not being released. (July 6)


[Notes:WJLA-TV][Notes:Fort Washington, Maryland]POLICE IN A SUBURB OF WASHINGTON SAY A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY IS BEING CHARGED ... WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER. THE CRIME? ALLEGEDLY BEATING A 2-YEAR-OLD FOSTER CHILD LIVING WITH HIS FAMILY.THOSE WHO KNOW THE 12-YEAR-OLD ... ARE STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED.SOT: He's probably the nicest person down here ...SOT: Been in my house, played games with the grandkids, we go to the mall together, no problem, he's always yes ma'am, no ma'am, thank you ...POLICE SAY THE BOY'S FATHER CALLED EMERGENCY SERVICES WHEN HE GOT HOME ... AND FOUND THAT THE GIRL WAS NOT BREATHING.[Notes:Julie Parker / Spokeswoman, Prince George's County]SOT: With the help of a 9-11 dispatcher, the father performed CPR. But the child was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.AUTHORITIES SAY AN AUTOPSY CONFIRMED THE CHILD DIED OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA.THE 12-YEAR-OLD LIVES IN FORT WASHINGTON, MARYLAND ... FRIENDS SAY HE LIKED BASKETBALL.SOT: I never ever saw him, like, take out his anger on anything ...NOW HE IS FACING CHARGES ... HELD AT A YOUTH FACILITY.LEE POWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: WJLA-TV-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: US-Boy Charged-Murder