Md. boy, 12, charged with beating death of 2-year-old foster child, Aniya Batchelor


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Md. boy, 12, charged with beating death of 2-year-old foster child, Aniya Batchelor
Police were called to a Ft. Washington home after Aniya's foster father called 911 Tuesday night to report that he discovered the girl unresponsive. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Julie Parker, a county police spokeswoman, said an autopsy confirmed Wednesday the child died from blunt force trauma. The boy is being charged as a juvenile and his name is not being released.
"Detectives developed probable cause to charge the boy after conducting interviews with the family," Parker said.
The 12-year-old made his first appearance in court Thursday. He is being held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility.
Parker confirmed that Aniyah was a foster child living with the 12-year-old boy and his biological family. Both children lived in the home with two other biological children, a 15-year-old and a 9-year-old.