A 17-year-old boy is facing first-degree murder charges in the violent death of his 5-year-old half-sister.
According to WMAR, the 5-year-old girl was found dead in her Pasadena, Maryland, home on Saturday morning. Anaya Jannah Abdul was reportedly deceased in her bed, and an autopsy found that she had died of repeated sharp force injuries. It is not clear what type of weapon investigators believe was used in the apparent homicide.
Hours after the girl was found dead, police in Ohio apprehended her 17-year-old half-brother Stephen Jarrod Davis, who had reportedly traveled to Ohio in a stolen family car.
According to an arrest warrant obtained by the news station, Davis has been charged as an adult on suspicion of first-degree murder. He was initially booked by police in Ohio and it awaiting extradition back to Maryland.
“As soon as we get him back here to the county, that’s when our wheels of justice will start turning and it will go to the court system,” Lt. Jackie Davis with Anne Arundel County Police told the news station.
“That family, I can’t imagine what this group is going through. Losing really two children in the one incident has to be horrific.”
Authorities have not yet commented on a possible motive in the killing.
Anyone with information is urged to call the tip line at 410-222-4700.
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