Saturday, January 12, 2008

Around South Florida


A 12-year-old Lauderhill boy is accused of beating his 17-month-old second cousin to death with a baseball bat while babysitting. The boy was apparently upset that the baby’s crying interrupted his TV shows. The Broward State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine if the 12-year-old child will be charged as an adult, and if any adults should face charges for leaving the infant in the care of a child. There is no excuse for what happened here, no matter what ages are involved. If this child did in fact commit this act, he should face stiff and tough consequences. On the other hand, if he is charged as an adult, he may face life in prison, or even the death penalty, and that is not right, either. The facts in this case should be carefully deliberated, as adult prison is no place for a child. Unfortunately, no black community leaders or political leaders have addressed this case, which is a shame. We should be monitoring this case now so justice can be properly administered and applied.

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