Florida authorities say they charged a 12-year-old boy for smothering a 4-month-old baby after the boy told a school resource officer that he had killed his nephew.
West Palm Beach police released a probable cause affidavit Friday saying that the boy approached a Riviera Beach police officer at his school on Dec. 10 and told the officer that he placed a pillow over the baby’s face to prevent him from crying.
The report says the infant’s mother had left the baby and two other children in the 12-year-old boy’s care on Dec. 2. When she returned home, she found the baby wasn’t breathing and called 911.
The boy was arrested Wednesday and charged with manslaughter.
Parental neglect pure and simple. Children being responsible for children is parental irresponsibility. This is not the best of all possible worlds. The world would easily be better if parents had any sense at all.