[Ed. – Difficult to wrap your head around.]
A 14-year-old suspected of having raped and killed a woman in her eighties in the US city of Baltimore has been charged as an adult with murder.
Tyrone Harvin, who turned 14 last month, is accused of attacking 83-year-old Dorothy Mae Neal at her home and leaving her for dead.
Neal was found inside her apartment unresponsive and the victim of an apparent assault. She died in hospital on August 30.
She was only found after a concerned neighbor contacted police regarding her well-being after not seeing her in the neighborhood for a few days.
‘We can tell you without even checking our records this is the youngest person we’ve charged in Baltimore this year and probably the last couple of years with murder,’ police spokesman TJ Smith said.
Neal was beaten to death, Smith said, calling the age difference between the suspect and victim ‘really something unheard of.’
‘Almost 70 years separate our victim and suspect. It’s sad all the way around. There’s some systematic failure in the 14-year-old’s life to allow us to be here talking about him being accused of murder and rape. It’s just a very tragic situation all the way around.’