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Police: Boy Kicks Child to Death to Stop Her Crying

December 28, 1993

CHICAGO (AP) _ A 10-year-old baby sitter kicked a 1-year-old girl to death to stop her crying, police said.

The boy was held at a juvenile detention center on murder charges Monday in the death of Lauren O’Neal. He was not identified because of his age.

″He’s fully aware of what he did,″ Detective Brian Killacky said. ″It’s a shame, a sad situation on both sides.″

The boy’s mother, who was baby-sitting Lauren and Lauren’s brothers, ages 4 and 5, on Christmas Eve, had left the 10-year-old in charge while she visited friends a block away, Killacky said.

When the woman returned, the boy claimed Lauren had been pushed off the couch by one of her brothers and hit a bunk bed, police said.

Killacky said the boy repeatedly kicked the infant when she wouldn’t stop crying.

No charges were filed against the boy’s mother.

Because the boy is too young to be charged as an adult, the maximum he could get if convicted is five years in a detention center.

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