9-year-old girl charged for beating brother who later died with a broomstick

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MOBILE, Al – A 9-year-old girl was charged with assault after beating her younger brother with a broomstick in Mobile, Alabama, according to the Associated Press.

“Court records show that Yolanda Coale, the boy’s aunt, and legal guardian, told officers she awoke Thursday to the sound of the children screaming. She said she found the girl hitting her brother with a broomstick, causing injuries,” the AP reported.

Police later said an autopsy found the boy suffered from injuries caused by long term abuse. The boy’s aunt, Yolanda Cole said she was woken up to the sounds of the two children yelling. She was charged with aggravated child abuse.