MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The family of a 10-month-old baby killed by a teenager opened up Wednesday about the young girl's death.
Holding an album full of memories, Sharon Mourning struggled with the death of 10-month-old Antoinette Reed. Mourning's godmother cares for five children, four of which are adopted or fostered. One of the children, 16-year-old Tevin Golden, is in juvenile court custody, accused of killing Antoinette Reed by hitting her in the face with a dumbbell.
"Knowing Tevin, I don't believe he did anything maliciously," Mourning said, adding that Golden is mentally challenged.
"We're still looking at a child who is autistic, who he did not know what he was doing," she said. "This is just a mere mistake."
Police charged Golden with first degree murder in perpetration of child abuse. According to Deputy Chief Joe Scott, Golden committed a crime, and his mental status is inconsequential to the charges.
"Mental defect (or) mental defense is an issue for the courts to decide, not law enforcement," Scott said.
Tevin Golden will undergo a series of tests, where doctors will decide if he's competent to stand trial.
In the meantime, the Child Advocacy Center hosted another ceremony Wednesday to memorialize another child homicide, the fifth this year and the nineteenth in 20 months.
This one was especially trying for those who loved Antoinette Reed.
"She was a beautiful child," Mourning said.