Dallas teen accused of drowning infant won't be tried as an adult

A Dallas teenager accused of intentionally drowning a 2-month-old girl will not be tried as an adult.

The defendant is now 15 years old.  In Judge Cheryl Shannon's court on Friday, she wore an inmate jumpsuit and was handcuffed.

The girl's mother answered questions at one point for prosecutors, including what may have led to her daughter allegedly drowning 2-month-old Justice Hull on the morning of Jan. 2.

The suspect's mother was fostering the baby in wake of the baby's mother going to jail and struggling with drug addiction.

"Has [your daughter] told you why she did this?" the suspect's mother was asked in court. 

"No," she said.

"Have you asked her?" the mother was asked. 

"I've asked her and I've also told her whenever she's ready to talk to me that she can at any time."

The teen's attorney, George Ashford, brought in teachers who said the suspect was very bright, but seemed never to express emotion.

Disturbing evidence was the 911 call the teen made to report what she'd done to baby Justice.

"What's going on there?" a 911 dispatcher says in the call.

Suspect: "I drowned the baby."

"Hello, fire department," a fire dispatcher says.  

"Please go ahead," the 911 dispatcher says.

Suspect: "What?"

911 dispatcher: "Talk to the fire department." 

Suspect: "What, it ain't nothing. All I did was drown the baby." 

Fire dispatcher: "You what?" 

Suspect: "I drowned the baby."

The detective leading the investigation, Kimberly Mayfield, gave further heartbreaking details.

"I learned that the baby was asleep in the bassinet and that she had picked the baby up, asleep, and then gone and pushed the baby's head into the water," said Mayfield. "…I asked her, had she been planning on doing this, and she said she had been thinking about it for a while and decided the day before that she was going to kill Justice that morning."

"I definitely think she's got some emotional things going on that need to be addressed but she's never had any kind of emotional counseling...I think she should at least have the opportunity," said defense attorney George Ashford III.

The defense argued the teen needs mental help.

The teen reportedly told investigators she was upset with her mother for trying to adopt the baby girl, saying the baby was, "Just extra."

The teen also initially told investigators when asked if she had a message for her mother, she said yes, to tell her "She should've listened."

The next court action in the case is set for April 17.

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