Boy, 12, facing murder charge is victim of conspiracy claims family

By Calvin Palmer

The family of the 12-year-old boy charged with capital murder in the death of an 11-month-old baby said he is not guilty and is the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by the baby’s grandmother.

At a press conference outside the Harris County juvenile courthouse today, the 12-year-old’s mother, aunt, attorney, family and friends stood together to declare the boy was being framed.

His mother Tawanna Scott said she was working on March 12 while the baby’s mother Shemika Brown, watched Scott’s son, along with her own baby and three sons, ages four, five and seven, at her southeast Houston home.

Ronald Ray, the 12-year-old’s attorney, said the baby’s seven-year-old brother threw the child down the interior stairs of the family’s townhouse or over a second-floor railing on March 12. The infant died two days later at Texas Children’s Hospital.

He said one of the 12-year-old’s aunts heard the baby’s brothers say the seven-year-old did it, but were hushed and admonished by the baby’s grandmother. He said the aunt heard the grandmother tell the boys to stick together and blame the 12-year-old.

Ray said he did not know the aunt’s name or the name of the baby’s grandmother.

Ray said the family called the press conference to answer questions about inconsistencies reported to authorities, including Scott’s involvement.

The 31-year-old mother has said she arrived at the duplex after the baby was injured.

Brown first told investigators she was home cooking when she heard the baby cry. However, according to CPS, she told investigators she and Scott had gone out to get something to eat, leaving at least five children alone at the duplex. Scott denied the claim.

Brown could not be reached for comment today.

“We will investigate all relevant evidence in this case, determine its credibility and take the appropriate action,” said Donna Hawkins, spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Scott said she had visited her 12-year-old son in a Harris County juvenile detention facility and encouraged him to stay upbeat, telling him, Be strong. Hold on. Keep your head up and read your Bible.”

[Based on a report by the Houston Chronicle.]

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