A 14-year-old boy is facing rape and murder charges after he was reported to have hacked an 83-year-old grandmother to death.
According to a report sighted on usatoday.com, Tyrone Harvin is expected to be charged as an adult in view if the severity of the offense.
There is a process that would allow Harvin to be treated as a juvenile as his case progresses, officials revealed.
Harvin is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 83-year-old Dorothy Mae Neal, who was found unresponsive on August 29 in her West Baltimore apartment, police say. She later died at a hospital.
Neal was beaten to death, Smith said, calling the age difference between the suspect and victim “really something unheard of.”
Smith said that authorities speculated the suspect may be young during their investigation, “but I don’t think any of us were thinking a 14-year-old could be capable of something like this.” Harvin had recently turned 14, according to online court records.
Harvin may have part of a group of neighbors who helped care for Neal, Smith said. Harvin lived on the same street as the victim.
Harvin has been charged with first degree murder and rape, in addition to various other offenses.
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