12-year-old Toddler Killer Remains in Custody

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HOUSTON, Texas—A 12-year-old accused of killing a 10-month-old toddler will remain in custody, announced a judge in a juvenile court hearing on Wednesday.

Supporters were very quick to speak out on the boy’s behalf at the two-hour hearing.

“Even though we can’t bring a child back, we can at least get the facts to where another child can be saved,” said the boy’s attorney, Ronald Gray.

Deandre Washington, the 10-month-old toddler, suffered fatal injuries last month, which authorities report were because of being slammed onto the floor by the 12-year-old. He was left in charge of approximately five children that day.

Tawanna Scott, the boy’s mother, said on Tuesday that her son is not a violent child. He does have ADHD and is on medication because of it. He had once been suspended but apparently has taken care of his nine younger siblings various times.

Tawanna Scott’s claim was contradicted at Wednesday’s hearing. The reality is that the child has been suspended from school four times, including the day when the incident occurred. The records from school reported that on the day of the toddler’s death, her son had been sent home for fighting.

“If he had been suspended from school and now he’s home caring for children, we would have to look at whether the mother had some part in it,” said Estella Olguin with Children’s Protective Services.

People who are aware of the family situation say that the accused lost his father in 2007. Johnny Jerimiah, a friend on the family’s side, said that the father had been murdered on a Metro bus.

Mr. Jerimiah said that they will stand beside the innocent 12-year-old.

 

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