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The mother of a 2-month-old who police suspect was beaten to death over the weekend by a friend's 11-year-old daughter said Tuesday it was the girl who asked that the baby stay overnight with her and her mother.
The 11-year-old has been charged with murder and is being held in a juvenile detention center. A judge entered a not guilty plea for the girl on Monday and has ordered a psychiatric evaluation.
The Associated Press is not naming the 11-year-old girl or her mother because of her age.
Wickliffe police say the girl awakened her mother at about 3:30 a.m. Friday holding the unconscious infant, Zuri Whitehead. The 2-month-old died during surgery about six hours later. The medical examiner has not released a cause of death, but police have said Zuri received extensive head and internal injuries.
originally posted by: starwarsisreal
a reply to: Nyiah
Situations like these are one of the reasons why I am not very trusting.
The girl and her mother thought Whitehead deserved a break from caring for the infant.
The medical examiner has not released a cause of death, but police have said Zuri received extensive head and internal injuries.
Whitehead said she almost declined the offer because it was so late and she was not prepared, but she relented when they insisted.
The two women met in 2008 while working in the medical clinic at the Cuyahoga County jail and remained fast friends, Whitehead said.
Whitehead said she tried to shield her other children from their baby sister's death, but they have nonetheless learned what happened. Whitehead's 7-year-old and 4-year-old son began kissing the television screen when one of the local stations aired Zuri's picture, she said.
originally posted by: Nyiah
I definitely agree that leaving babies in the care if what is still in many regards also still a baby is questionable at best. I can't say that it's inherently asking for trouble to let an adult care for another's baby overnight, though. That kind of break can be the glue that holds people together assuming family isn't close enough. In this case, it seems that the 11 year old took the baby after her mom was asleep & did this.
I did notice the lack of fathers mentioned in the articles I've read, too. This looks at first glance like 2 single woman who've worked together for years who don't think twice about helping each other out. I definitely envy people in close enough relationships like that myself.