Teenager charged with murder in Norfolk child’s death to be tried as adult

Posted at 1:15 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 18:14:49-04

NORFOLK, Va. - A teenager who was allegedly involved in a 4-year-old's death in Norfolk is now being tried as an adult with a second-degree murder charge.

Catherine Seals and her 15-year-old son have charges stemming from Larkin Carter Carr's death on November 12, 2018. The son was 14 years old at the time of the murder.

The teenager was charged with the second-degree murder of Carr, and Seals has been in custody since January after being charged with child abuse and neglect. The teen was in court Wednesday, where he waived his rights and his charge of second-degree murder was certified to the grand jury.

Seals faces both felony homicide and child abuse and neglect charges. She met with the grand jury on May 1, and her trial is set for August 12 in Norfolk Circuit Court.

Hank Smith was charged with child abuse on May 3 in relation to this incident. The relationship between Smith and Seals has not been confirmed at this time.

Documents say that the teenager was home with the victim the day of the incident and called his mother when the victim wasn’t responsive.

Carr's mother, Tracey Quinones, said her two sons were living with their father and Seals. Records indicate that Seals rode in the ambulance with the victim on the way to the hospital.

Seals allegedly told authorities that Carr had been ill and became unresponsive while left at home in the care of her teenage son. She told them she was out with the child’s father when the incident happened.

Court records indicate that the little boy's father stated there had been a previous incident of suspected abuse involving the teenage son. Records also say on September 23, 2018, Carr and his 3-year-old brother were home alone with the teen when they both sustained serious injuries that required immediate medical attention.