A 14 year-old Silver Spring boy is being charged as an adult in the death of his 7 month-old sister.
Police say 39 year old Gloria Yanes, who lives in a basement apartment on Lockwood Drive, left her son in charge of her infant daughter when she went to work at 10:30 PM Thursday night.
When she tried to wake seven month old Larissa at 6 am to feed her, she was unresponsive. Someone called paramedics and police.
"Before we arrived, the paramedics had taken the child to Holy Cross Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Doctors say the little girl had injuries they determined were not self-inflicted," Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks says.
So they questioned her brother. FOX 5 is not naming the teen.
"He admitted that he had beaten the little girl which made her cry, so he covered her nose and mouth with his hands," Starks says.
Starks says because the 14 year-old is charged as an adult with first degree murder, investigators don't think the little girl's death was an accident.
Neighbors are stunned. This woman, who lives next door to the family, says she knew Ms. Yanes worked the overnight shift, but she wasn't aware of her childcare arrangements.
"I know her, but I don't know who was watching her baby. I don't know," she said.
No answer at the Yanes home, rocked by a double tragedy.
"It's not just the death of the seven month old little girl," Starks says. "If the allegations are true, she's going to lose her son too, for a time anyway."
The teen is being held without bond.
He's due in court Monday at 1 p.m. for a bond hearing.
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