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Boy 'beat fostered tot to death'

A 12-year-old boy is being charged with second-degree murder after a two-year-old foster child living with his family was beaten to death in a Washington DC suburb.

The boy is being charged as a juvenile and his name is not being released. Julie Parker of the Prince George's County police in Maryland said his father called emergency services on Tuesday night to report the girl was unresponsive.

The man performed CPR, but she was pronounced dead at hospital.

Ms Parker said a post-mortem examination confirmed the child, identified as Aniyah Batchelor, died of blunt force trauma.

The boy, who lives in Fort Washington, made his first appearance in court on Thursday. He is being held at a youth detention centre.

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