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11-Year-Old Confesses To Killing Baby Brother, Resented Caring For Him

March 18, 1989

WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) _ An 11-year-old girl who confessed killing her 2-year-old half-brother and trying to kill her 15-month-old half-sister apparently resented caring for them, police said.

″Apparently the mother had to work a lot of double shifts and (the 11- year-old) was in charge of feeding the baby, clothing them, taking care of them as an adult would and she’s only 11 years old,″ said police Sgt. Rick Wierzbicki.

″We worked with a lot of investigators on this case, and no one can remember a person that young committing such a crime,″ he added.

The girl, whose name was not disclosed because of her age, was being held at the Broward Juvenile Detention Center on one count of first-degree murder and one of attempted first-degree murder, police said.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement figures show three children younger than 10 were arrested in 1986 for murder. In 1987, one child that age was arrested.

The children’s mother, Sally Butterfield, discovered Andrew Caesar dead and Tiffany Caesar unconscious in their beds Tuesday morning.

Police said there were no signs of abuse, and tests were done to see if the children had been poisoned.

But after the medical examiner determined Thursday night that Andrew had been strangled, his half-sister admitted killing the boy and choking Tiffany and hitting her on the head, Wierzbicki said.

Tiffany was listed in critical condition Friday at Hollywood Memorial Hospital.

Wierzbicki said the case will be turned over the the Broward state attorney’s office next week.

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