A 13-year-old Ohio boy is facing murder charges for killing a teen girl that he thought was going to have his baby.
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However, there is a problem with his rationale. According to an autopsy later performed on the 14-year-old victim, Sylvia McGee wasn’t pregnant. The teen reportedly told the suspect that she was with child, the Canton Repository reports. The suspect (who cannot be named because of age) then allegedly shot and killed the girl in March.
On Wednesday, the suspect pled guilty in juvenile court, Stark County Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Cordova told the outlet.
The suspect confessed to police that he thought the victim was carrying his baby.
“That is what I believe got this whole thing started,” Cordova said. “There was no evidence of any other reason for this.”
McGee’s family was devastated after learning of the suspect’s motive.
“It’s still not closure,” Carlina Hanley, McGee’s great aunt, told the outlet.
“[He] should have just admitted it from the beginning. She didn’t deserve that…She wasn’t that type of a kid. She was upbeat and funny. I just can’t believe that he did that.”
McGee was a student at Compton Learning Center’s Connections Program. Her close friend Tabitha McCarthy, recalled her as a bright and happy girl, WKYC reports.
“[She] was always funny, smiling, nothing ever dragged her down, not one thing,” the victim’s friend Tabitha McCarthy told the station after her death.
She also had dreams of being a beautician.
“She talked about owning her own business,” Hanley her aunt said. “She talked about moving to New York and taking her maternal grandmother with her.”
“I knew that she could always excel in life, in anything that she chose to do,” she continued. “She wanted everybody to get along. She wanted everybody to just be friends — that’s just the type of personality she had.”