11-Year-Old Babysitter May Be Tried As Adult For Murder of 2-Year-Old Zeyda White

Zeyda White (CBS Affiliate WGCL)
11-Year-Old Babysitter May Be Tried As Adult, Murdered 2-Year-Old Zeyda White
Zeyda White (CBS Affiliate WGCL)

Sandy Springs, Ga. (CBS/WGCL) Fulton County prosecutors have the difficult task of determining whether or not an 11-year-old Georgia girl who has been charged with the murder of a 2-year-old toddler should be tried as an adult.

The Fulton County District Attorney issued a statement Wednesday saying that the office is waiting unti lthe police have concluede their investigation before proceeding.

"Our office is awaiting a full report on this matter from the Sandy Springs Police Department. Upon receipt of that report, we will conduct our investigation and make a decision regarding the appropriate charges."

Ashlea Collier, Zeyda's mother, told CBS affiliate WGCL that she went to work Saturday evening and left her daughter at the apartment of one of her co-workers, Kiyosha Bell.

However, Bell says she was not home that evening and left her 11-year-old daughter in charge of babysitting the 2-year-old.

Unfortunately, when they returned to the Dunwoody Pointe Apartments Zeyda was unconscious.

The toddler's mother called 911, but it was too late. Doctors pronounced Zeyda dead at the hospital shortly after midnight.

According to police, the 11-year-old initially told detectives that Zeyda had been injured after falling off a bed, but autopsies showed that the injuries were inconsistent with the girl's story.

Police say that the 2-year-old died from blunt force trauma.

"She's been coming to me in my dreams asking me for help. So she didn't die in peace," Collier said through sobs to WGCL.

The 11-year-old babysitter whose name has not been released is being held a juvenile Youth Detention Center in Fulton County.