Cops: 14-Year-Old Boy Steals Car, Kills 8-Year-Old Girl

'Made a horrible, horrible, horrible mistake, made a horrible, horrible decision'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2016 10:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 14-year-old boy is facing vehicular manslaughter charges after police say he stole a Jeep and hit an 8-year-old girl who was just leaving school Thursday in Baltimore, the New York Daily News reports. According to the Baltimore Sun, police tried to stop the stolen Jeep just three blocks from the school, but it sped off. “We don't chase, school zone or not," Det. Donny Moses says. "We don't chase stolen autos." Thirty seconds later, the Jeep plowed into people and parked cars outside Steuart Hill Academy. A crossing guard, a 9-year-old boy, and another driver were injured. But 8-year-old Amirah Kinlaw was killed. "She was all smiles," Amirah's stepfather, Leon Carter, tells the Sun. "She had no worries, no cares."

The driver ran off but was later identified as the 14-year-old through surveillance footage, police say. His identity has not been released. “This kid is 14, made a horrible, horrible, horrible mistake, made a horrible, horrible decision, and it’s two lives for two young people that are forever damaged,” a police spokesperson tells CBS Baltimore. In addition to vehicular manslaughter, the teen faces a variety of other charges, including auto theft. He won't be prosecuted as an adult. “He’s really remorseful,” says Redd Rodriguez, whose daughter is friends with the boy. “He’s a little boy, but he’s facing grown man charges.” (Read more vehicular manslaughter stories.)

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