A 16-year-old Glen Burnie boy was charged as an adult yesterday with reckless endangerment and possession of a deadly weapon in the suicide of an Odenton girl, county police said.
Christopher Stillman of the 100 block of Wilson Blvd. is charged with providing the handgun that Nicole Bastan-Siar, 14, used to shoot herself with three weeks ago, homicide detectives said.
Even though he was charged as an adult, the boy was released to his mother because he was charged on a juvenile citation, said Detective Ronald Hines, a police spokesman.
Kristin Riggin, a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office, said the maximum penalty on both charges is five years imprisonment.
The boy's family declined to comment. State Sen. C. Edward Middlebrooks, a Glen Burnie attorney representing the youth, said he was unhappy that his client had been charged as an adult.
"I think the proper place would have been to leave it as a juvenile case," Mr. Middlebrooks said. "[Christopher's] family is just upset over the entire situation. The events are unfortunate, and we will deal with them as we go down the road."
The girl was at a friend's apartment in the 7700 block of Oakwood Road on June 3 when, police say, she and two boys went to a bedroom.
There, one of the boys brandished a .38-caliber revolver.
Nicole, who police and one of Christopher's relatives said had been planning suicide, snatched the weapon from the boy's hands and shot herself in the head, officials said. Both boys ran out, and one discarded the gun and a bullet. Officers found the bullet but not the gun.
Nicole, who lived on Williamsburg Lane, died about 10:15 a.m. the next day at North Arundel Hospital.
Christopher's relatives said Nicole left a six-page suicide note.
Police said they "recovered evidence" indicating that the girl had planned suicide, but they refused to comment on the note, saying it is against policy to acknowledge letters or release their contents.
Detective Hines said police have not released information about who owns the gun or how police believe the boy got it.
Police alternately have said Nicole was at a "gathering" or "party" at the apartment, terms sharply disputed by Robert Zimmerman, 32, who lives there with his girlfriend, Cheryl Faber, and her 15-year-old daughter, Deborah.
Mr. Zimmerman said Deborah, Nicole and another girl were getting dressed to go bowling when four boys dropped to visit them.