A 12-year-old boy indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a 6-year-old girl will remain with his mother until his trial, a judge ordered Friday.
Lionel Tate, of Pembroke Park, told police he gave Tiffany Eunick a bear hug July 28, then dropped her on the floor, hitting her head on a table.
Broward Circuit Judge Susan Lebow had to choose between placing Tate in a county jail unit for 14- to 16-year-old offenders charged as adults or letting him go home with a monitoring device on his ankle. He cannot be held in a juvenile detention center because he is charged as an adult.
He is allowed to go to school and church.
The victim's family objected to allowing Lionel to stay with his mother, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kathleen Grossett-Tate. They said she should have heard the screams of Tiffany, whom she was babysitting, and prevented her death.
Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Padowitz gave details of Tiffany's injuries _ more than 30 bruises and breaks, a fractured skull and a lacerated liver.
The day after her death, Lionel went to her house and asked for her toys, Padowitz said.
Parental notice to go to trial
TALLAHASSEE _ A judge set a trial Friday on whether Florida can enforce its new parental notice abortion law.
Circuit Judge Terry P. Lewis scheduled a trial for the week of Dec. 6, after the state asked him to either do that or rule solely on evidence he heard before he issued a temporary injunction July 26 blocking enforcement of the law.
Whatever the trial's outcome, the case is certain to move on to the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal.
The law requires doctors to notify the parents of girls under 18 who are seeking abortions. The injunction was sought by abortion clinics, doctors and groups who challenged the law's constitutionality.
Spiderman gets 30 more years
FORT LAUDERDALE _ The burglar known as Spiderman, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison this week in Miami, had another 30 years added Friday.
Derrick James, 34, was sentenced in Broward Circuit Court for stealing $3,900 worth of jewelry from a Hallandale condominium. The 30-year sentence will run consecutive to the Miami term.
"Twenty years here, 30 years there _ the sentence doesn't reach the crime," James told the judge.
Police believe the former Army paratrooper stole $6-million in cash, jewelry and credit cards in more than 130 high-rise burglaries in South Florida.
_ Compiled from wire reports