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Murder Charge Unlikely in Starvation Case

January 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The teenager who allegedly admitted striking a 7-year-old cousin whose body was found in a plastic container is unlikely to face a homicide charge, a law enforcement official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Wesley Murphy, 16, whose mother was entrusted to care for Faheem Williams and his two brothers, is charged with assault and child endangerment. He admitted striking Faheem in the stomach while wrestling in September.

Authorities believe that blow killed Faheem; an autopsy determined the cause of death was starvation and blunt force trauma to the stomach.

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