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S.C. Girl, 11, Held in Infant Death

April 6, 1999

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ An 11-year-old girl who was baby-sitting her 14-month-old cousin was charged with murdering the boy Monday.

A neighbor called authorities after hearing screams from the home. The boy, Joshua Parker, went into cardiac arrest and died later in a hospital.

Police said the girl hit the boy several times. Coroner Frank Barron said the boy had bruises on his head and face and died from internal bleeding.

The girl was ordered by a family court judge to undergo a mental evaluation.

Under state law, the girl can be charged as an adult. If convicted, she could be sentenced to life in prison.

The state Department of Social Services had placed the boy in his aunt’s home in December.

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