5-year-old suspected of drowning toddler

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 9 (UPI) -- A 5-year-old girl admitted drowning an 18-month-old boy in the bathtub because he was noisy, police in Kansas City, Mo., say.

The victim, Jermaine Johnson Jr., died Friday in what police at first believed was a tragic accident, The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday. But the 5-year-old girl later admitted to a social worker she killed Jermaine, saying she did not like the toddler and found him "too noisy."


Jermaine, who lived in the St. Louis area, had been staying with a relative in Kansas City. Police said he, the 5-year-old and other children were left in the care of a mentally disabled 16-year-old girl while an adult went to pick someone up at the bus.

Police said they are unsure how to proceed with a 5-year-old homicide suspect.

"I've been here 26 years, and I've never seen anything like this," Mary Marquez, a juvenile officer with Jackson County Family Court, told the newspaper.

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