17-Year-Old Boy Who Allegedly Murdered 5-Year-Old Half-Sister Is Arrested 500 Miles from Crime Scene

Ashley Boucher
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A Maryland teen is being charged as an adult for the murder of his half-sister after being arrested about 500 miles from the scene of the crime.

Stephen Jarrod Davis, 17, was arrested in Springfield, Ohio, around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Anne Arundel County police said in a statement Sunday.

Just hours before, police found Davis' 5-year-old half-sister Anaya Jannah Abdul dead of "apparent trauma" in Pasadena, Maryland. Police said that an autopsy completed on Sunday found Abdul's cause of death to be "multiple sharp force injuries," and her manner of death was ruled a homicide.

"As a result of the investigative evidence, homicide detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant charging Davis as an adult with first degree murder," police said in a statement.

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Davis is currently awaiting extradition back to Maryland, police said, and will not face any additional charges in Ohio.

Detectives are "still looking into a motive in this case," as the Anne Arundel County Police Crisis Intervention Team works with responding officers and the victim's family to "provide resources," police said.

It was not immediately clear if Davis has legal representation or if has entered a plea at this time.