Baltimore Police announced that a 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder and rape in connection with the death of an 83-year-old woman.
Maryland law requires the boy, Tyrone Harvin, to be charged as an adult, and a police spokesman also said at a press conference that there is a process in place that allows Harvin to be treated as if it happened as his case progressed.
Police said Harvin is accused of the sexual assault and murder of 83-year-old Dorothy May Neal, who was found unresponsive in her apartment in West Baltimore. She died later in the hospital.
Smith said that Neal was beaten to death, describing the age difference between the suspect and the victim as “in fact something that no one has heard of.”
Smith said authorities had speculated that the suspect might be a youngster during the investigation, “but I don’t think any of us would have thought that a 14-year-old would be capable of something like this.” Harvin was recently turning 14, according to court records online.
Smith said Harvin may have been part of a group of neighbors who helped care for Neil. Harvin lived on the same street as the victim.
Harvin has been charged with first-degree murder and rape, as well as various other crimes.
Smith said the police used physical evidence to link Harvin to the crime.
Court records online show Harvin is set to be a preliminary