Teen to be Tried as Adult?

Teen to be Tried as Adult? The case of a severely beaten Pennsauken toddler is a step closer to being heard in an adult court.

Antoine Stevens, 17, is currently charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, and child endangerment. However, prosecutors want the 3-month old boy's teenage father to be tried as an adult.

Police say the assault took place July 16 in a third-floor bedroom of the family's home. The prosecutor said Stevens shook his son and threw him on the bed, causing the child to hit the wall.

The child suffered a broken femur and brain injury. He remains in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, receiving treatment for severe injuries.

Family members told the judge the injured child is improving. The child's grandmother said she has made regular visits to the hospital.

Stevens made an appearance in juvenile court in Camden Tuesday morning. He will come back Sept. 21, when he is expected to sign a waiver moving his case to adult court.

In court, there were indications that a plea deal might be worked out once Stevens waives his case up to adult court.

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