the republic logo

Boy, 13, charged in western Michigan beating death of 16-month-old to get competency review

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

MUSKEGON, Michigan — A 13-year-old who authorities say fatally beat his 16-month-old cousin after the girl's mother left them home alone is expected to get a competency examination.

The boy is charged with an open count of murder in the Feb. 28 death of A'Laina Brown at the girl's home in Muskegon Township. Authorities say the Muskegon Heights teen told police he shoved A'Laina, kicked her hard and struck her head.

The Associated Press isn't naming him because of his age.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports public defender David Kortering requested the review of mental competency and sanity.

Mental competency involves whether a defendant is capable of understanding court proceedings and assisting in a defense. Legal sanity, also called criminal responsibility, is whether the boy was responsible for his own actions at the time.


Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.