Judge accepts manslaughter dismissal for 12-year-old girl

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge accepted the prosecution's dismissal of manslaughter charge against the 12-year-old Fairfield girl charged with murder Wednesday.

According to police, Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway was 3-months-old when she died on July 8, 2012 from injuries she received from the Fairfield girl, then 10. Brooklyn's mother said police told her that her daughter had ingested medication and been suffocated.

Prosecutors and the Fairfield girl's defense attorney said they had agreed last week on a deal in which the felony manslaughter charge would be dropped in favor of a misdemeanor. At Wednesday's hearing, people were hugging Greenway's mother and telling her to take deep breaths. Prosecutors said the 12-year-old girl has accepted several non-felony misdemeanors charges. Brooklyn's mother, Nicole Greenaway said the charges don't match the seriousness of the crime.

"I think she should have that murder charge. You know go ahead and do the type of sentence they did give her, but she needs to have that label because not having that label kinda makes me feel that she got away with murder."

The defense attorneys for the Fairfield girl gave out a written statement that said: "We continue to maintain that this child was not competent at the time of the tragedy and is still not competent to be tried on a manslaughter charge."

The Fairfield 12-year-old was wearing a leopard print dress, with a sheer top and silver high-heeled shoes in court.

The judge asked the media to leave as they discuss the misdemeanor charge. Judge said the juvenile code is about rehabilitation and not punishment, revenge, or making someone pay.

According to the state, she was the youngest person to be charged with manslaughter in thirty years. NEWS CENTER is not releasing her name due to her age.


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