A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy accidentally killed his three-month-old cousin by shaking her to stop her crying. He later texted the mother “I think
A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy accidentally killed his three-month-old cousin by shaking her to stop her crying.
He later texted the mother “I think she has died” after the baby went limp in his arms.
The boy, who has not been named, had been babysitting the infant when the tragic accident occurred in Gryazovets in Russia’s western Vologda Oblast region.
Reports say he pressed his little cousin against his chest and started shaking her vigorously.
His aunt, a woman aged 24, asked him to babysit her daughter when she popped out to visit a doctor.
Soon after the mother left the baby started crying and the boy took her in his arms trying to comfort her.
After a while, he noticed that the baby had gone limp in his arms.
The boy placed his cousin’s motionless body back in her crib and texted her mother, saying: “I think she has died”.
After reading the message, the mother rushed home and called an ambulance on her way.
The paramedics arrived only to confirm that the baby was already dead.
Forensic-medical examination showed that the baby’s death had been caused by a cerebral bleed provoked by someone else.
The Local Investigative Committee initiated a murder of a minor criminal case and the boy was interrogated.
I think she has died
The 13-year-old boy
According to the boy, he started shaking the baby in his arms while “doing his best to take good care of her and comfort her” after she started crying.
Soon he noticed that she stopped showing any signs of life and he texted the baby’s mother to report the death of the child.
Investigators said the boy had provoked his cousin’s death when shaking her and injuring her brain, causing it to bleed.
The Investigative Committee statement said: “The boy is going to be sent for mental examination soon.”
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He cannot be charged with murder because the age of criminal responsibility in Russia is 14 years old.
The victim’s mother is also under investigation for leaving her daughter’s life in danger.
She faces up to one year in prison if found guilty.
The boy, from Gryazovets in Russia’s western Vologda Oblast region, shook her vigorously, fatally injuring her brain[/caption]
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