14-YEAR-OLD MURDER SUSPECT | 'He's saying, "Mommy, I didn't do it"'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - It’s a crime that’s stunned a community.
Baltimore police have arrested a 14-year-old boy and charged him as an adult in the rape and murder of an 83-year-old woman. Police have their version of what happened in this case - and so does the boy’s mother.
Investigators have said it’s a sad story for both sides. The suspect’s mother spoke out Friday.
The woman, who would not identify herself but said she was the boy’s mother, spoke through tears outside of the suspect’s apartment in west Baltimore.
“I’m torn on the inside that they’re accusing my 14-year-old of some type of murder like this,” she said.
Police say 14-year-old Tyrone Harvin raped, then murdered 83-year-old Dorothy Mae Neal last week.
“He wouldn’t do that to an elderly, no. He would not. I’m just hurting, I’m torn on the inside,” said Harvin’s mother.
She said she spoke to her son, who’s in jail, by phone Friday afternoon.
“He’s saying, 'Mommy, I didn’t do it.' He said he didn’t do it and I believe what my son say,” she said.
Standing outside her west Baltimore apartment, she hung on to her husband, Harvin’s stepfather, for comfort.
“For your 14-year-old to be accused of something of that magnitude, it hurts. It hurts,” said the husband.
“I want the police to understand, the 14-year-old, what y'all said about him, he is not like that. My son has a sweet soul for people. He’s not going to sit up there and hurt nobody’s grandmother or grandfather. It just don’t make sense, it really don’t,” said the mother.
Harvin does have a juvenile record that includes armed robbery back in December when he was 13 years old.
Police say they used physical evidence to link Harvin to Neal’s murder.