SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The Maine attorney general’s office has formally charged a 10-year-old Fairfield girl with manslaughter in the death of a 3-month-old baby this summer.
She appears to be the youngest person ever charged in Maine in connection with the death of another person.
The one-page petition was filed Tuesday in Skowhegan District Court, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Maine State Police. A petition in juvenile court is equivalent to a complaint used to charge an adult with a crime in District or Superior Court.
Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said in the release that the girl was charged with one juvenile offense count of reckless or criminally negligent manslaughter.
She is scheduled to make her first court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 in Skowhegan District Court. By then, she will be 11 years old.
Although state police named the girl in its press release, the Bangor Daily News is not naming her or her parents, who were named in the petition, in order to protect the identity of the juvenile charged with manslaughter.
Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway of Clinton died on July 8 while under the care of a baby sitter in Fairfield. State police declared the death a homicide on Aug. 29.
The infant’s mother, Nicole Greenaway, said last month that a toxicology report stated that a medication was found in her infant’s system which was the same as the medication taken by the 10-year-old girl, who is the daughter of the baby sitter.
“ She [also] suffocated her by putting her hands over her face,” Greenaway said. “There are bruises all over her face.”
State police did not release any information Wednesday related to the baby’s death.
The girl is in the custody of the Maine Department of Human Services, according to the petition.
No one else has been charged in connection with the infant’s death.
If convicted, the girl could be sentenced to the Juvenile Services Division of the Department of Corrections until she turns 21. Adults charged with manslaughter, a Class A crime, face up to 30 years in prison.