Police: 11-year-old beat infant to death as mother slept
(News Net 5 Cleveland) WICKLIFFE, Ohio – Police said an 11-year-old child beat a two-month-old to death while the babysitter was sleeping.
The child, Zuri Whitehead, died with extensive internal injuriesat the hospital after paramedics were called to the home.
Wickliffe Police Chief Randy Ice said that the 11-year-old’s mother was the baby’s babysitter. The three of them were lying together on the couch when the mother fell asleep.
Police believe the 11-year-old took Zuri to a different part of the home and beat her.
Later, the 11-year-old brought the baby, who was bleeding, back to her mother and woke her up, telling her something was wrong with her.
Ice said that he had never seen an incident like this one before and added that the crime scene was so disturbing that the department is considering getting help for officers who responded.
“We’re having a hard time getting our head around it. We don’t see stuff like this,” said Ice.
Police said both the babysitter and her daughter are being cooperative. “I don’t think she appreciated the gravity of what had occurred,” added Ice.
He said that the 11-year-old is charged with murder. She is in the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center.
The 11-year-old will be given a competency evaluation within the next 30 to 45 days before another court date is set.
A fund has been set up to help with the cost of the burial for Zuri Whitehead. Donations can be made at any Dollar Bank branch.