LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– A White Oak teen made his first appearance in court Monday after being charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 7-month-old sister late last week.
It’s up in the air where 14-year-old Johnathan Aguiluc’s case will ultimately be tried. Although he appeared in adult court Monday, his defense attorney wants the case moved to juvenile court. His charge could also change from first-degree to second-degree murder, according to Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
For now, Aguiluc remains behind bars. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 22.
Aguiluc admitted to police that he beat and smothered his baby sister while his mother worked a night shift Thursday evening into Friday morning. He was also watching his 3-year-old brother at the time.
An investigation revealed that 39-year-old Gloria Yanes, of the 11600 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak, went to work at 10:30 p.m. Thursday evening. She returned home at 5:30 a.m. Friday, and saw that her daughter, Larissa Yanes, appeared to be sleeping in a car seat. Shortly after 6:00 a.m., Yanes attempted to wake the baby to feed her and found her unresponsive.
The child was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Detectives who interviewed Aguiluc say he admitted to beating his sister, which made her cry, then covered her mouth and nose area with his hands until she stopped crying.
WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.
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