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Teenager In Maine Accused Of Murdering His Toddler Niece During Family Dispute: Police

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Source: York County Jail; UNSPLASH

May 23 2022, Published 12:45 p.m. ET

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A teenager in Maine was taken into custody after a shooting incident that claimed the life of his toddler niece and left two adult victims wounded, authorities said.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m. on May 21, Andrew Huber Young, 19, allegedly shot two adult men and a child, 1-year-old Octavia Huber Young, during a family dispute at a home in Wells, the Bangor Daily News reported.

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The adult victims' injuries were not life-threatening. The baby was rushed to an area hospital, and she later died after she was airlifted to a medical facility in Portland, according to WMTW.

The suspected shooter, Young, turned himself in to police later that evening, according to the station.

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Authorities declined to release the identities of the two injured men or say how they or the young murder victim may be connected to the suspect.

However, citing the baby’s uncle, Craig Higgins, WMTW reported the child’s father and grandfather were the two injured while the alleged shooter was another one of the victim’s uncles.

“She was the sweetest,” Higgins said of his niece, who was about to turn 2, calling her “a happy go lucky kid.”

Young was booked into the York County jail without bail on a murder charge. Police expect to file more charges against him, according to WMTW.

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