Boys arrested in connection with killing

March 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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BALTIMORE, March 6 (UPI) -- Police say they arrested two boys in the killing of 13-year-old Monae Turnage, whose body was found behind a North Baltimore row house.

The two boys, aged 12 and 13, were arrested Monday for allegedly shooting Turnage in the chest accidentally while playing with a rifle. They are being held on juvenile charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with what police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi called "an absolute unspeakable tragedy."

The police report says one of the boys accidentally shot Monae Saturday, and dragged her body out to an alley and concealed it in the trash. At the time, Monae was visiting a house six blocks away from her home. The boys called her mother to assure her she was on her way home, the report said.

Monae's mother Edith told The Baltimore Sun the charges were not severe enough.

"They had plenty of time to think about this," Edith said. "By the time he called the second time, to ask 'Is she home yet?' my daughter was already dead."

Monae's body was found by her 16-year-old brother among the trash. Police have yet to determine how the boys came to be in possession of a .22-caliber rifle, or to whom it belonged, the newspaper said.

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