12 Year Old Boy Accused Of Killing Baby Released To Aunt

A 12-year-old Texas boy accused of killing an infant by throwing him to the floor has been released from juvenile detention and into the custody of a relative.

A judge on Tuesday ordered the boy released until his trial. The boy will live with an aunt and be supervised 24 hours a day, including when he is at school.

Officials say the 12-year-old was left alone March 12 at a Houston home with a group of younger children by his mother and the mom of the other kids when he threw 10-month-old Deandre Washington
to the floor.

Deandre died two days later. His injuries included two skull fractures.

The 12-year-old faces a capital murder charge. He is not eligible for the death penalty but could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    My child at 12 was very mature for his age and capable to stay at home and take care of his younger brother but I just would never put him in that situation. I think that the problem that is being missed is that this boy was left with a group of children younger than him. We don't know the age range or how many. We don't even now the circumstances around the situation. If there is any parent out there that has never felt overwhelmed than by all means throw the first stone. I don't think what he has done is right but I also feel that if a parent decides to leave their child home to take care of other children than they should be held responsible for their actions. We bring children into this world the responsibility for caring for them is ours not the oldest child.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 01:25 AM
    Well I feel for you parents that have 12 year old kids that are not responsible enough to care for an infant. My 12 year old daughter is more mature than most of the 16 year old kids I come in contact with on a day to day basis. Just because your child is incapable of handling this type of responsibility doesn't mean all 12 year old's are just as immature. You want pre-teens to learn advanced algebra, foreign languages, and other honor classes but you want the same kids to be babied when it comes to other aspects of maturity.
  • by Mom Location: Greenville on May 20, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    I would never leave my children in the care of a 12 year old. The mothers should be held responsible.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on May 20, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    Released from...where? A detention center. How about a mental ward.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 20, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    All I can say is this, I would refuse to babysit anyone if I were to be at the age of 12, even if there was money involved. The mothers should be held responsible, such as what LC said. I don't even beleive that the kid knew what he was doing to begin with. If both of the mother's had that so many kids to begin with, then they had no cusiness to have that many kids to begin with, especially if they left this up to a 12 year old. If I was a 12 year old and had to live with at least five or six younger kids, especially if it got to the best of me. I would first want to move away and live with some other relative or friend, if none of that worked, I would just want to shoot myself, not really, but I would probably insane. I thanked my parents in the past for having me as the youngest of three kids or that my brother and sister are older than me. Now, it does not matter who is the oldest or youngest. We all love each other. Me and my brother are very close and so are our wives.
  • by Kayla Location: Greenville on May 20, 2009 at 10:06 AM
  • by J Location: Gville on May 20, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Anonymous....I agree. I used to babysit all the time a long with all of my friends. ALLISON: not all children of that age are incapable of babysitting. They just need good parents to guide them. I also agree that the "so called adults' should have been more aware.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 04:10 AM
    Back in the 70's, children started baby sitting at 12 and 13 years old. Maybe the children raised during that time were more mature? Still had some values? They were responsible and reliable. And they knew what would happen if they did not act as they had been taught in the home. Parents checked with the people their children were sitting for to make sure things were done right. And for 50 cents an hour we did right. And yes there were some children but very few durning that time thta were not up to the job.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on May 19, 2009 at 07:59 PM
    I agree LC. Children have no business watching children especially babies. The mothers need to be held accoutable as well.
  • by LC Location: Eastern NC on May 19, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    The mothers should be held responsible..

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