Aniyah Batchelor murder: 12-year-old suspect to remain in custody

Aniyah was found killed inside her Fort Washington home in early July. Photo: ABC7

As the family of 2-year-old Aniyah Batchelor looked on, a judge ruled that the 12-year-old boy who is accused of beating her to death in early July must stay in custody while awaiting trial.

Attorneys for the young suspect fought but failed to have him released from custody Thursday, nearly a month after Aniyah, who was living as a foster child in a Fort Washington home where the 12-year-old and his parents lived, was killed.

The preteen suspect has been held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility since the Aniyah was killed. At this point, he's still only being charged as a juvenile because, by Maryland law, suspects must be at least 14 to be charged as an adult.

Prince George's County Police say Aniyah was killed July 3, and it's alleged that the 12-year-old hit her six times, causing massive internal injuries. A judge agreed with prosecutors that the suspect must still be considered a danger even though he had no criminal background.