Boy Held in N.J. Death Reported Expelled
Mar. 30, 2003
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) _ The 10-year-old boy accused of beating a 3-year-old to death after luring him out of a library had been expelled from school, according to a published report.
The 10-year-old is charged with murder, felony murder, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, and weapons offenses. Neighbors described him as a bully who threw rocks, picked fights and vandalized cars and homes.
A funeral is scheduled Monday for Amir Beeks, who died Thursday, one day after he was beaten with a baseball bat, sexually assaulted and left for dead in a ditch.
The Star-Ledger of Newark, citing unnamed sources, reported Saturday that the older boy had been expelled sometime within the past six months for disruptive behavior.
The school district had arranged for a teacher to instruct him at the Henry Inman Colonia branch library. He had just completed his lesson Wednesday afternoon when, authorities say, he lured Amir outside and attacked him.
The older boy had been under the supervision of the state Division of Youth and Family Services for years, according to a state official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The source said the boy's case was closed July 18, 2002, after a visit by a DYFS caseworker the previous month.
The killing prompted Gov. James McGreevey, a former Woodbridge mayor, to ask Human Services Commissioner Gwendolyn Harris for a report on the DYFS's involvement with the older boy.
It is the second time this year McGreevey has asked about the agency's handling of a case. The first was in January, after two abused boys and the decomposed body of their brother were found in a Newark basement.