Friday, March 07, 2014 2:34 AM
Published on: Thursday, November 01, 2012
By Jim Davis
A 13-year-old foster child will be placed into a new home after being charged with beating his 2-year- old foster sister to death on July 3 at their Fort Washington home.
According to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s office, the judge in the disposition hearing ruled that the juvenile must be placed in a foster home with no other children under the age of 18 or anyone with a physical or mental defect. He must also have weekly individual thera- py sessions.
The juvenile was initially charged with two counts of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
On Sept. 5, the 13-year-old took an “Alford plea” for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aniyah Batchelor.
Under the Alford plea, the defendant admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement that the teen’s disposition was a difficult decision because the reason behind the beating is unknown.
“The judge had a very difficult decision to make in this case, and she did everything she could to keep him out of proximity to other children,” Alsobrooks said. “Until we know the root cause of his actions, I
will remain concerned for the public safety of our citizens and of the respondent in this case.”
The juvenile’s defense attorney, Raouf Abdullah, said he would have liked the teen to be able to go home to his family.
A subsequent hearing will be held Nov. 15 for an update on the juvenile’s status and placement in foster care.