A-10-YEAR-OLD girl has been charged in the US over the manslaughter of a baby who is said to have swallowed medication and been suffocated.
The girl is the youngest person to be charged with manslaughter in the state of Maine in at least 25 years.
The baby, Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, of Clinton, had been left overnight with an adult babysitter in nearby Fairfield.
The sitter called police early on July 8 to report that the infant was not breathing.
Brooklyn's mother, Nicole Greenaway, said the 10-year-old was the sitter's daughter.
Authorities told her the baby had ingested medication to treat attention-deficit disorder and been suffocated, she said, adding that she also saw bruises on her daughter's body.
"I feel a bit of relief that they're charging her daughter, but the mom really needs to be responsible. She's the one I left my daughter with," she said.
The 10-year-old girl was in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services when a summons was delivered to her lawyer yesterday.