Kern County DA: Teen girl charged as adult for child's murder

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Asiah Hines, back, appears in Kern County court Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, on charges of murdering and assaulting a child. Kai'Dan Timothy Webb, 1, died two days earlier while Hines, 17, was babysitting. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A 17-year-old girl accused of killing a child she was babysitting will be prosecuted as an adult, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office.

Asiah Hines was arrested Monday after 1-year-old Kai'Dan Timothy Webb stopped breathing at an apartment on the 1700 block of Jefferson Street and was later pronounced dead at Kern Medical Center. The county coroner's office said Tuesday that the child was killed by multiple blunt-force injuries.

Hines was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday afternoon on felony counts of second-degree murder and assault of a child resulting in death. No plea was entered at the hearing, because the public defender's office said it first had to check for any conflicts in representing Hines.

Another court hearing was set for the day after Christmas.

The teenager was described by the sheriff's office as an "acquaintance of the victim's mother." The sheriff's office didn't say whether the girl had a previous relationship with Kai'Dan, but two neighbors told Eyewitness News that the child's mother had let the teenager care for her boy in the past.