An 11-year-old girl is being charged with beating a baby boy to death, Maryland police claim. The girl was White and the baby Black, so people are wondering whether race had anything to do with the killing.
One year old Paxton Davis was in the care of the 11 year old's family Sunday morning when the girl's mother ran an errand. The mom left the pre-teen alone with the 1-year-old boy inside her Suitland, Maryland, home, police said.
When an adult returned to the home, they say that Paxton had suffered severe upper body injuries. Medical assistance arrived and rushed him to Children's National, where he was taken off life support Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after 3pm that day, police were called to the hospital where Paxton was brought. "It was clear from the beginning that the injuries Paxton suffered were not consistent with the normal play of a 1-year-old," Prince George's County Police Maj. Brian Reilly said at a Friday presser.
CNN notes that in Maryland, those who watch another child have to be at least 13. "I can't say yes, I can't say no," Reilly said regarding whether the girl's mother would face charges. He added that he can't fathom why the 11-year-old may have done this. The girl, who was charged with first-degree child abuse, has been sent to a juvenile facility. An investigation is ongoing.
The girl admitted to assaulting Paxton, police said. “In my time, I’m not aware of somebody this young being charged with this serious of an offense out of our homicide unit,” Reilly said. The girl - who is described as "white" - admitted to assaulting Paxton, police said. She was charged as a juvenile with first-degree child abuse and was taken to a juvenile facility.