Cleveland police have charged an 11-year-old girl with murder after she beat a 2-month-old baby who was staying with her and her mother to death, authorities say.
Following the incident, the infant, identified as Zuri Whitehead (pictured below), was rushed to the hospital with a badly swollen head. She was flown to a children’s trauma center in Cleveland, where she died a short time later.
The mother of the 11-year-old was reportedly asleep when the beating occurred.
The 11-year-old, her mother and the baby girl, Zuri Whitehead, were on a couch downstairs when the mother fell asleep at about 3 a.m. Friday, Wickliffe police Chief Randy Ice said at a news conference Monday. The mother was awakened less than an hour later by her daughter, who was holding the badly injured infant. Ice said the 11-year-old took the infant upstairs. When she returned downstairs, the infant was bleeding and her head was badly swollen, he said.
The mother of the 11-year-old and Zuri’s mother, Trina Whitehead, have known each other for five or six years but aren’t related, Ice said. Trina Whitehead has three other children and had the girl’s mother keep Zuri, of Cleveland, overnight to give her a breather.
The girl did not show any remorse, Ice said. “I’m not sure she appreciated the gravity of what she did,” he said.
Ice could not recall a murder suspect being that young. The 11-year-old has not been identified because of her age. She cannot be tried as an adult, however, she can be sentenced to a state Department of Youth Services facility until the age of 21.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Handout