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Three Girls Under 14 Charged With Killing Disabled Elderly Man

A 12-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls were charged for an October 2023 attack on 64-year-old Reggie Brown that resulted in his death

Three teenage girls, all under the age of 14, have been charged with murder after being accused of beating a disabled older man to death last autumn.

According to NBC Washington, a 12-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls were charged in connection with an October 2023 fatal attack on 64-year-old Reggie Brown. The three young girls appeared in court in Washington, D.C., on Friday and Saturday and were charged as juveniles for second-degree murder. All three, through their attorneys, pleaded not guilty.

In a press release by the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., detectives stated that the crime took place on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. At approximately 12:54 a.m., police officers responded to a call and found the victim “with trauma consistent with an assault.” Brown died at the scene. An autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be blunt force trauma, and it was ruled a homicide.

The Washington Post reported that the attack was caught on mobile phone footage, and the clip was played during last week’s hearing on March 28. It showed a group of five girls running after Brown. Trying to escape, he attempted to climb up a chain fence, but the teenagers pulled him off and stomped his head into the concrete. They then pulled his pants down around his ankles, took off his belt, and then beat him with it.

As he lay on the concrete, surrounded by blood, the girls were laughing, and one of them said, “He’s leaking.”

D.C. homicide detective Harry Singleton testified that Brown was disabled, with mental health issues, and had a metal plate in his head and only two fingers on each hand. Footage from a security camera revealed that an unidentified man was seen leading Brown by his collar and throwing him against a wall, causing him to fall. As Brown got back up, Singleton said that five girls were walking nearby, witnessed the man’s actions, and one of the girls, based on interviews with at least one witness, went up to the younger man and asked him, “Can I fight him?” The man said, “Yes.”

The girls allegedly attacked and helped kill Brown.

Two of the girls did not want to participate in the beating but were reportedly told that if they didn’t, the younger man would shoot them.

The three are being held in secure detention at the city’s Youth Services Center. They are slated to make their next court appearance on April 4.