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Sunday
Jul032011

11-Year-Old Boy Charged Murdering Six-Year-Old Brother

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(MARTINSVILLE, Ind.) -- An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his six-year-old brother in Martinsville, Ind., making him the youngest person to face a murder charge in the state in 90 years.

Andrew Frye was shot in the head with a .22-caliber gun at his home on Thursday afternoon, according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

Andrew's 11-year-old brother was the only other person at home at the time of the shooting. He called 911 afterward at about 6:15 pm, the police said.

The boy will be charged as a juvenile with murder and criminal recklessness, Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega announced on Friday.

"The court heard a probable cause hearing, at which time the court found probable cause and authorized detention of the 11-year-old," Sonnega told ABC affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis.

Sonnega declined to release many details of the incident, citing strict privacy rules in juvenile court.

Initial reports from the sheriff's office indicated that the boy's shooting was an accident, but Sonnega hinted differently.

"There are cases where what you first believe to be true isn't necessarily where the evidence takes you," Sonnega told WRTV.

When police officers arrived at the home, they found the 6-year-old boy on a bed in a bedroom with a gunshot wound in his head. The boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, and he died there less than two hours later, police told the Indianapolis Star.

The two boys were cared for by their mother and her boyfriend, who arrived at the hospital before the boy died, police said.

Prosecutors and police are investigating possible neglect charges against the adults, said Sonnega, according to the Indy Star.

"Obviously this is a very tragic time for them. We'll address that issue down the road," said Sonnega.

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Friday
Mar182011

Texas Girl Allegedly Gang Raped Over Three Month Period

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND, Texas) -- Eighteen young men and teenage boys allegedly gang raped an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas, not just once, but multiple times according to court documents.

The suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged rapes that have sparked shame and outrage in the tiny Texas town, 45 miles from Houston. They range in age from 14 to 26 and include stars on the high school's basketball team, as well as the son of a school board member. The alleged sexual assaults occurred between Sept. 15 and Dec. 1, according to documents obtained by the Cleveland Advocate.

Additionally, four of the defendants have been charged with a more serious felony of continuous sexual abuse of a child because they are accused of assaulting the girl on two or more dates, according to the court documents.

Cleveland Police began investigating the alleged rapes in December after cell-phone video showing the alleged sex attacks started circulating among students at Cleveland schools, according to court documents. The video allegedly shows the girl engaged in sexual acts with several men.

The investigation, which is still ongoing, has stirred racial tensions in the town. All the defendants are African-Americans and the girl is Hispanic.

The suspects' mugshots have been posted on a local white supremacist website. One site instructs members to "get the blood going."

Things have gotten so tense that Judge Mark Morefield implemented a gag order March 15. The gag order bars lawyers, police and any potential witnesses from speaking about the case.

Prior to the court-ordered silence around the case, the New Black Panther Party of Houston staged a rally in the town of fewer than 8,000 people.

"Listen to me good, you stand by your children and don't let them convince you to walk away and take a plea deal for some trumped up charges," Quanell X told family members of the defendants at a rally on March 10.

Two days later, the group Mujeres Unidas held a news conference in support of the girl who has not been identified because she is a minor and the alleged victim of a sex crime.

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