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Juvenile crimes: Florida boy charged in younger boy's death

When a child is accused of serious illegal activity, the situation can be complicated. Juvenile crimes can lead to many questions that need to be answered about the event that allegedly took place and how the circumstances should be handled legally. Depending on those circumstances, an underage individual could potentially face charges as a minor or as an adult, depending on how the criminal justice system views the situation.

It was recently reported that an 11-year-old boy in Florida was taken into custody after the reported death of a 4-year-old boy. It is unclear exactly what may have taken place or how authorities were alerted to the situation. It was noted that police found the 4-year-old boy unconscious in a home and that the boy allegedly had strangulation marks on his neck. 

Deputies performed CPR on the child, but he was later declared dead. At the time of the report, an 11-year-old boy had been charged with aggravated battery relating to the situation. It is unclear why the boy is suspected and what may have caused the purported situation to arise. It was mentioned that there were six adults and four children inside the home when the reported incident took place. 

Juvenile crimes can be difficult situations to navigate, and as a result, the child and his parent or guardian may want to determine what this situation could mean. In doing so, they may want to gather as much information as possible about the boy's case and how it may be handled. Additionally, they may find it prudent to consult with their legal counsel on how the case may proceed through Florida court.

Source:, "Palatka boy, 4, dies Tuesday from choking attack; 11-year-old in custody", Jim Schoettler & Joe Daraskevich, July 28, 2015

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