A 9-year-old girl in Alabama is accused of assault in connection to the fatal beating of her younger brother with a broomstick, court documents show.
According to court documents, the children’s aunt and caregiver, Yolanda Coale, 53, awoke to the children’s screams as the girl allegedly attacked her sibling.
A day after the boy died, authorities arrested his aunt, Coale, and charged her with aggravated child abuse, the Associated Press reported.
In the court documents, there allegedly was a history of abuse in the home, but police did not indicate if or how Coale was involved.
“I’m unaware of any abuse that Ms. Coale could be accused of,” a friend of Coale, who wished to remain anonymous, told WALA. “I’ve never seen her be aggressive to anyone — to me, her children, her grandchildren.”
Coale’s bail was set at $150,000.
The young victim’s autopsy results are pending.