PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine prosecutors don't intend to elevate charges against a 10-year-old girl accused of killing an infant by trying to have her tried as an adult.
Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes said Friday that the girl is too young to be tried outside the state's juvenile system.
The mother of the baby wants the girl's mother to be held accountable for failing to provide supervision. But for now, police say the case is proceeding only against the girl.
Maine's juvenile justice system is geared toward rehabilitation. The maximum punishment for a child is incarceration until age 21.
A lawyer who's representing the girl declined comment on the case. The girl is now in custody of the state's child welfare agency.
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