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.

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