Girl, 10, Charged With Killing Baby
She's the youngest in Maine charged with manslaughter for 25 years
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2012 10:02 AM CDT
A 10-year-old in Maine has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a three-month-old baby her mother was babysitting.   (?deovolenti)

(Newser) – A 10-year-old girl has been charged with manslaughter after the July death of a three-month-old girl her mother was babysitting, reports NBC News. The girl is in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services; authorities say she is the youngest person in Maine to be charged with manslaughter in at least 25 years. There were "some warning signs ... very early on," said a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. "The medical examiners have confirmed that and obviously the case now has been declared a homicide."

Though DPS wouldn't share a cause of death, the baby's mother yesterday told the Bangor Daily News that the infant had apparently been given medication also taken by the 10-year-old, according to the toxicology report. "She [also] suffocated her by putting her hands over her face," said the mom, who noted "bruises" all over her child's face. The babysitter apparently worked with the infant's mother. The 10-year-old has an Oct. 22 court appearance.

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Tscare333
Sep 6, 2012 8:57 AM CDT
This world is fcuked up,we need a savior!
viva_yo
Sep 1, 2012 12:06 AM CDT
There is always a small but ever present phalanx of half-wits who deem all news, regardless of how tragic, as "hilarious".
1492
Aug 31, 2012 5:42 PM CDT
Who was contracted to babysit, the 10 year old or the mother? This is an open and shut case. A 10 year old is a 10 year old unable to differentiate the severity of her actions.