An 11-year-old girl charged with murdering a 2-month-old infant in Ohio has shown no remorse for the alleged killing, police say.
The mother of Zuri Whitehead, a 2-month-old from Ohio, said Tuesday that the accused killer asked to have Zuri at her home the night she was beaten to death, the New York Daily News reported.
Trina Whitehead, 31, told the Associated Press that she met the mother of the accused killer in 2008 when they were working in a medical clinic and they considered each other best friends. Trina said she never noticed any troubling behavior from the 11-year-old girl. Trina said she previously let two of her daughters, ages 7 and 8, stay at the girl’s home in the Cleveland suburb Wickliffe and never had any problems.
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“I definitely trusted her,” Trina said about the 11-year-old, whose name hasn’t been released. “I never thought my baby would be put in some type of harm.”
Trina said the preteen’s mother called her Thursday night and said the two of them were near her home and wanted to have Zuri at their house overnight to give Trina a break from watching her. Trina said she initially wanted to turn down their offer, but gave in after the woman and her daughter insisted on watching baby Zuri.
The girl’s mother fell asleep on her couch around 3:30 a.m. Friday, and within the next hour the girl allegedly brought Zuri upstairs, beat her, brought her back downstairs, and woke her mom up.
Zuri was pronounced dead about six hours later in the hospital during surgery. Trina said the girl’s mother called her to apologize for the death.
“She can’t believe what’s going on,” Trina said.
Zuri’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday. The 11-year-old girl was charged with the murder of Zuri Whitehead on Monday.
“All she wanted was to be held and loved,” Trina added.
Police: 11-Year-Old Girl Who Fatally Beat Baby Has ‘Shown No Remorse’