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Md. boy, 12, charged with beating death of 2-year-old foster child, Aniya Batchelor

Julie Parker, spokesperson for Prince George's County Police Department, announcing a 12-year-old boy is charged with murder in the death of 2-year-old foster child Aniya Batchelor in Ft. Washington, Md. CBS Baltimore

(CBS/AP) FORT WASHINGTON, Md. - Prince George's County police say a 12-year-old boy is charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Aniya Batchelor, a 2-year-old foster child living with his family, CBS Baltimore reports.

Police were called to a Ft. Washington home after Aniya's foster father called 911 Tuesday night to report that he discovered the girl unresponsive. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Julie Parker, a county police spokeswoman, said an autopsy confirmed Wednesday the child died from blunt force trauma. The boy is being charged as a juvenile and his name is not being released.

"Detectives developed probable cause to charge the boy after conducting interviews with the family," Parker said.

The 12-year-old made his first appearance in court Thursday. He is being held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility.

Parker confirmed that Aniyah was a foster child living with the 12-year-old boy and his biological family. Both children lived in the home with two other biological children, a 15-year-old and a 9-year-old.

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