Black Poetry : Boy, 13, charged in death of daughter

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  1. shaneak

    shaneak Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Items compiled from Tribune news services
    May 2, 2001
    CLEVELAND, OHIO -- A 13-year-old boy was charged Tuesday with murder and child endangering in the death of his 8-week-old daughter.

    The boy entered denials to the charges in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. Denials are the equivalent of not guilty pleas in adult court.

    He was arrested Monday in the death of his daughter who had died Sunday in a hospital. A coroner said the infant died from severe head injuries and internal bleeding.

    The 13-year-old told police the baby was sleeping in a bed with her 14-year-old mother Sunday when he noticed the girl's head was wedged between the bed and the wall. He said he picked up the baby and she "started to spit up white stuff," according to a police report.

    He said he noticed the baby was not breathing and woke up the mother, who called police.

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    I'm trying to find some more information on this article..the boys race... more detailed information. What is provided doesn't satisfy my curiosity. I want to know how can a 13 year old be tried for something that he probably didn't do intentionally when the mother was asleep...8 times out of ten the child was too...Wouldn't the mother have heard the child crying? If the child was laying right there in the bed with her. I just don't comprehend. I'm not understanding..totally lost. Please help me find my way. Someone....any one....
     
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    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Shaneak,

    Try the local Cleveland newspaper. It may have the article your seeking in it. You've piqued my curiosity I'll search myself and if I dicover something I'll let you know. And to answer your question regarding how can a 13 year old be charged with murder, it's a sign of the times and a message that we all need to take note of. Remember there was a young brother (14) in Florida (if I'm not mistaken) who was just charged to "life" in prison regarding a young girls death, the boy said it was an accident...that's not what the jurors thought.

    So moral question for the day:

    Is incarceration the key for youth offenders, those that beyond a reasonable doubt and those that we are certain committed a crime? and if they plead their innocence then what?

    and even a better question do young white boys get the same consequences as young black boys? Case in point this recent Santana High School shooting in California what is the word on that are they/he (I can't recall how many, if more than one) being tried as an adult(s)? I just ask because that is a reality anyone who's semi-aware knows the discrepencies in the just-us system.

    one l ove,blak
     
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    shaneak Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    That's exactly what I was implying....

    Is the punishment more cruel to a black adolescent rather than to a white adolescant? And if so..they're needs to be some corrections to our Justice System. I'll be sure to check out the Cleveland paper. Thanks...
     
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