Girl, 10, Charged With Manslaughter For Killing Infant

Fri, August 31, 2012 9:27am EST by 23 Comments
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A Maine girl, 10, is charged with manslaughter after she allegedly poisoned and suffocated an innocent infant girl. She is the youngest person in the state to be charged with manslaughter in at least 25 years — read on for more of the shocking details.

Three-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway in Maine was found dead after being suffocated and poisoned, and police are charging the babysitter’s 10-year-old daughter for the crime.

Brooklyn died on July 8 after being left in the care of her babysitter, and police declared the death a homicide on Aug. 29. The next day, police charged the sitter’s 10-year-old daughter with manslaughter.

Nicole Greenaway, the baby’s mother, told The Bangor Daily News that a medication found in the infant’s system was the same medicine the 10-year-old girl was taking.

“She [also] suffocated her by putting her hands over her face,” Nicole told the newspaper. “There are bruises all over her face.”

The 10-year-old, whose name is not being released by police, is reportedly now in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said. He would not disclose how the girl caused the infant’s death.

The name of the girl’s mother, who was babysitting the infant at the time of the incident and works with Nicole, is also being protected.

In the state of Maine, the death of any child under age 3 triggers an automatic investigation. Stephen said authorities uncovered some “troubling signs” before the state medical examiner declared the death a homicide, according to the Associated Press.

Stephen also said the girl is the youngest to be charged with manslaughter in the state in at least 25 years. Manslaughter charges are brought when a homicide is caused by reckless actions or criminal negligence, unlike murder, which usually involves an intentional act.

How sad. We hope the Greenaway family finds justice. What do YOU think HollyMoms?

– Christina Stiehl

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Vivian Marcelli

Posted at 2:51 PM on January 21, 2013  

That 10 year old should be euthanized. It’s apparent she is mentally screwed up and there nothing that can fix that.

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lasharon

Posted at 5:01 PM on November 13, 2012  

U kno it makes no sense on what parents r not doing to protect any child thats n there care. Why isnt tha mother being charged? Doesnt she hold some responsibility

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Sue

Posted at 3:44 PM on October 12, 2012  

Ok… murder is for intentional crimes? So poisoning and suffocating was what accidental??

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Al

Posted at 12:40 PM on September 21, 2012  

I think she should get the death penalty so she doesn’t have the chance to do this to any other child.

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Clare

Posted at 1:15 PM on September 4, 2012  

Were was the the 10 yr olds mother when this happened??? Joke! that poor little baby! look at her shes a wouderfu little girl that is neve gonna grow up and for what? that the 10 yr olds mother should of thinked efor lettin her daughter go near the little girl!!

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Katy

Posted at 10:31 AM on September 3, 2012  

She is just 10, but she did know what she was doing. I think that she should be charged.

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Rose Azure

Posted at 9:30 PM on September 1, 2012  

Even tho this little girl is only 10 she should still have to go to trial and everything because of her this precious babygirl will never enjoy life! Rest In Peace Babygirl!!! :)

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georgina

Posted at 8:59 AM on September 1, 2012  

this kind makes me feel sick and sad all at the same time my god take care of her n may she be in peace

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Taylor

Posted at 10:30 PM on August 31, 2012  

Murder is Murder. Even if the murderer is only a child. The child killed another and needs to be punished.

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Rachel mother of 5

Posted at 5:11 PM on September 6, 2012  

Her mother, the care giver, the ADULT should be punished. Why would a 10 year old have access to harmful medicine. This should be administered by her mother. It sounds as if the 10 year old was actually babysitting and the mother was out watching sop operas or some other task. Why on earth would you ever leave a 3-month old alone that long with a 10 year old? especially if it is not your child. She is responsible for the well being of that baby that she was charged with caring for. He 10 year old does not understand a trial and so forth. She was probably trying to quiet the baby and smothered her or something else childish like that.

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BluntForceTrauma

Posted at 8:06 PM on August 31, 2012  

Everyone needs to re-read the article. The infant was not left in the care of a 10 year old, she was left with a babysitter who has a 10 year old daughter, who is the suspect in the death of the baby. I don’t understand why the care giver was not watching the baby in the first place, unless she was using the bathroom.

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realhousewivesrealprofessor

Posted at 5:26 PM on September 2, 2012  

I totally agree–the babysitter is at fault as much as the ten-year old

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Pippa

Posted at 3:39 PM on August 31, 2012  

Ever thought that it may have been the 10 year old mother. THE BABYSITTER. I don’t think it was the 10 year old, I believe it was the babysitter. Yes the medicine was her’s, but i just see a child killing a child.

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realhousewivesrealprofessor

Posted at 5:27 PM on September 2, 2012  

My first thought. I HOPE the police are doing a thorough investigation. Even if the child “confessed”, there’s a chance she could be protecting her mother.

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elizabeth rains

Posted at 3:11 PM on August 31, 2012  

the plain truth is that the infant never should have been left with a 10 year old child. The parents are the ones that need to be punished severly for neglegence.how very sad that this little baby will never get to enjoy life.

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Lacey

Posted at 11:44 AM on August 31, 2012  

This is so disturbing and it makes me so very sad. What has happened to our society?

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jsjddjidz

Posted at 10:26 AM on August 31, 2012  

I think u guys are misunderstanding this I think the 10 yr was with her mom babysitting the infant and maybe the 10 yr old was left with the baby alone for a while while the babysitter went to get something and that’s probably when the 10 yr old killed the baby

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Heather

Posted at 9:45 AM on August 31, 2012  

Everywhere else that I have read about this says that the 10year olds mother was watching the baby. NOT the 10 year old.

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Lovie Krazy Bluie

Posted at 9:42 AM on August 31, 2012  

Why was a 10 year old be babysitting a 3 Month old baby and The Parents or the Mother Shouldn’t Never let no 10 year old kid babysit her 3 month old baby @ the time. this is so Sad

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manda

Posted at 11:53 AM on August 31, 2012  

“The name of the girl’s mother, who was babysitting the infant at the time of the incident and works with Nicole, is also being protected”

it says in the article that the girls mother was babysitting the infant….the 10 year old was with her mother, who was babysitting..

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JJ

Posted at 9:35 AM on August 31, 2012  

Anyone else find it a little disturbing that a 10 year old was left alone in charge on an infant? Or am I not totally understanding this article???

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Karen

Posted at 12:44 PM on August 31, 2012  

Your missing the point entirely. The ten year old was NOT babysitting the infant, she was there with her mother who was watching the child (supposed to be).

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shane

Posted at 9:34 AM on August 31, 2012  

So terrible, where are the parents? Why was a 10 year old babysitting. Seriously

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