WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — One was the neighborhood bully, a 10-year-old raised by his blind single father, reviled for throwing rocks, picking fights and vandalizing cars and homes. The other was a toddler eagerly learning his ABCs, content to while away the hours coloring or listening to the local librarian read aloud.
The two young lives collided Wednesday when, police say, the older boy lured the 3-year-old out of a library, beat him with a baseball bat and dumped him in a ditch.
Amir Beeks died the next day and the other boy, who was not identified by authorities, has become one of the youngest people in New Jersey to be charged with murder.
Gov. James E. McGreevey, a former Woodbridge mayor, has asked Human Services Commissioner Gwendolyn L. Harris for a report on the Division of Youth and Family Services' involvement with the older boy.