A 14-year-old girl suspected of raping and murdering an 80-year-old woman in the US city of Baltimore has been charged with murder.
Tyrone Harvin, who turned 14 last month, is accused of attacking Dorothy Mae Neal, 83, in her home and leaving her dead.
Neal was found inside his indifferent apartment and victim of an apparent assault. She died in the hospital on August 30.
Tyrone Harvin, 14, is detained without bail due to the death of Dorothy Neal, 83
They only found it after a concerned neighbor contacted the police about their welfare after not having seen her in the neighborhood for a few days.
"We can tell him without even checking our records that this is the youngest person we've charged in Baltimore this year and probably the last couple of years with murder," said police spokesman TJ Smith.
Neal was beaten to death, Smith said, describing the age difference between the suspect and the victim as "really unheard of."
– Almost 70 years separate our victim and suspect. It's sad all the way. There is a systematic failure in the life of the 14-year-old who allows us to be here talking about being accused of murder and rape. It is a very tragic situation everywhere. "
Harvin is the youngest person accused of murder in Baltimore in recent years
Smith said authorities speculated that the suspect could be young during his investigation, "but I do not think any of us was thinking that a 14-year-old child could be capable of something like this."
Tyrone Harvin is accused of premeditated murder, aggravated rape, sexual assault and violence.
Smith said Neal died of blunt force trauma. He supposed that Harvin hit her to death.
An autopsy determined that Neal had also been sexually assaulted.
Baltimore police spokesman TJ Smith said 14-year-old Tyrone Harvin was probably the youngest person accused in years of murder in the city.
Smith said the police used physical evidence to link Harvin to the crime.
The police do not know a reason. Smith said investigators believe that Harvin could have been doing a heavy task for Neal when she was attacked. Police said there were no signs of forced entry to their basement apartment according to the Baltimore Sun.
A woman who opened the door to Harvin's apartment identified herself only when her mother said her son had been unfairly accused.
& # 39; It hurts me because I know my son would not do anything like this. I know my son, "he told The Sun." My son did not. "
Home to some 600,000 people, the port city of Baltimore has the highest per capita homicide rate in the country.