10-year-old Florida boy charged with manslaughter after cousin’s death

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A 10-year-old North Florida boy has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of his 2-year-old cousin.

The boy is expected to be in court today.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets the boy was booked into a juvenile detention center Wednesday, more than two months after he and his sister told deputies their cousin, Journee Blyden, fell out of a playpen in her Ocala home on June 21 and stopped breathing. The toddler died a few days later of severe head trauma.

A medical examiner determined the playpen story didn’t add up and ruled the death a homicide.

The suspect’s sister later told authorities her brother had hit her and Blyden.

Stay with News Channel 8 for updates.

 

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