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Teenager to be tried as adult in child's shooting death

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ASBURY PARK -

A teenager charged in a shooting that left a 10-year-old boy dead and his mother wounded in Asbury Park will be tried as an adult.

According to Monmouth County prosecutors, Jah-Del Birch, 16, of Neptune Township, faces murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, and weapons charges stemming from the Feb. 21 shooting at a home. 

Birch is due to make his next court appearance Thursday.

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It wasn't known Wednesday if he's retained an attorney.

Authorities say Birch apparently was an accomplice to Karon Council, 18, who had been involved in an altercation with a man who lived at the home. 

When Council couldn't find him there, he allegedly opened fire.

Yovanni Banos-Merino died shortly after the shooting. 

His mother, Lilia Merino, 38, was treated at a hospital for her wounds.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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