A law in Maryland that allows for minors to be charged as an adult means a 14-year-old boy who has been charged with the rape and murder of an 83-year-old woman will be charged as an adult. Baltimore police announced Friday that Tyrone Harvin, 14, will be charged as an adult but there is a process that could allow Harvin to be treated as a juvenile, according to police spokesman T.J. Smith.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tyrone Harvin just turned 14 last month. Accused of raping and murdering an 83 year old woman who he did chores for. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/wbal?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#wbal</a> <a href="https://t.co/sjUnh9pS0A">pic.twitter.com/sjUnh9pS0A</a></p>— Lowell Melser (@MelserWBAL) <a href="https://twitter.com/MelserWBAL/status/1038089037146402821?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 7, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The 14-year-old Harvin has been accused of sexually assaulting and killing Dorothy Mae Neal, 83. Neal was found unresponsive in her apartment in West Baltimore and later died at the hospital. Smith said the victim was beaten to death and described the age difference between the suspect and the victim as being "something unheard of."
Smith also revealed that investigators started to suspect the killer may have been a youth while they were conducting their investigation. He added, "but I don’t think any of us were thinking a 14-year-old could be capable of something like this." Court records show Harvin only recently turned 14.
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Investigators say that the suspect may have been part of a group of neighbors who helped care for the victim. Harvin lived on the same street as Neal. Smith added that physical evidence links Harvin to the crime. The 14-year-old is facing a charge of first-degree murder and rape as well as various other offenses. Harvin is set to appear for a preliminary hearing September 19.
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