Police: 12-year-old beat toddler to death

1800 block of Taylor Ave. in Fort Washington, MD, where foster child was allegedly beaten to death by older brother. Photo via Google Maps.

A 2-year-old toddler girl from Maryland who was placed into foster care was allegedly killed on Tuesday after her 12-year-old foster brother reportedly beat her to death. The toddler was a foster child placed in the home of a couple and their three biological children in Fort Washington. The couple’s biological children are ages 4, 12 and 15. The parents were not home at the time of the beating but reportedly placed the 15-year-old in charge of watching after the younger children.

When the father arrived home, he found the young victim, Aniyah, unconscious and called 911. The dispatcher instructed the father to administer CPR until paramedics arrived and transported the youngster the the emergency. Aniyah was pronounced dead on arrival.

An autopsy performed on Wednesday revealed that Aniyah died from blunt force trauma to the head. Authorities believe that the victim’s tween foster brother had repeatedly abused and beaten the girl over time but it is not currently known how long the abuse had been going on exactly or how long the girl had lived with the family.

No weapon was thought to be used but authorities will not say how the fatal blow was administered.

While prosecutors move to have the boy tried as an adult, he is currently being charged as a juvenile under Maryland law which limits adult charges to persons over 14-years-old. The child suspect is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility.

Source: Washington Post