A 14-year-old Southeast Washington boy charged with sexually assaulting and killing his 4-year-old sister appeared yesterday in D.C. Superior Court.
Charged as a juvenile with felony murder and first-degree child sexual abuse, the teenager could be sentenced to the custody of the Youth Services Administration until he is 21 if he is found responsible for harming the girl. The youngest age at which a juvenile can be tried as an adult in the District is 15.
According to police, Angel Fleming died Thursday at Children's Hospital after her brother beat and sexually assaulted her at the home where they lived in the 1100 block of Chicago Street SE. The D.C. medical examiner's office ruled Friday that her death was a homicide.
The teenager, whose name was not released because of his age, was arrested Saturday night. The children and two other siblings lived in the house with their grandmother. Police searched the home yesterday.
A judge ruled that the news media would not be admitted to yesterday's hearing. In many high-profile cases involving juveniles in the District, judges permit reporters to attend on the condition that they not identify the person who is charged.
Leah Gurowitz, a court spokeswoman, said Judge Lee F. Satterfield had decided that by reporting that the boy is charged with killing his sister and identifying his grandmother by name, the news media had reported "significant identifying information."
Gurowitz said Satterfield would not disclose whether the 14-year-old remained in custody or was released after the hearing.
The children's mother is in custody in Prince George's County after being picked up last month on a warrant for assault, police said. The mother had custody of Angel and her 5-year-old sister until she went to jail several weeks ago. The girls then went to live with their two brothers and grandmother, police said.