"The boy is far from being an adult," says Sharon Denise Robinson of her 15-year-old son, who has been charged as an adult with the attempted murder of a Highlandtown man.
Yesterday in Eastside District Court on North Avenue, a judge denied bail for Keith M. Robinson and James I. Holley 3rd, 15, who also has been charged with attempted murder in the May 17 beating of Expedito "Pedro" Lugo, 25, near Patterson Park.
The judge ordered the two boys held at the City Jail.
Sharon Robinson, who is unemployed and has an 11-year-old daughter, noticed how the boys "looked terrified."
Keith Robinson and Holley, of the 2500 block of Ashland Ave., also have been charged by police with assault with intent to murder and assault. Keith Robinson, who lives with his mother in the 1000 block of N. Collington Ave., also has been charged with using a deadly weapon -- a bat belonging to the victim -- in the commission of a felony.
A 13-year-old has been charged as a juvenile with attempted murder in the case.
Lugo, of the 400 block of N. Kenwood Ave., remains in Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was listed today in critical condition with a fractured skull, a hospital spokeswoman said.
"I don't know why he's being charged as an adult," Sharon Robinson said. "He's not an adult. I understand the seriousness of the crime. . . . I feel he should be charged as a juvenile."
Outside the courthouse, Holley's mother echoed similar thoughts.
But Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms said state law says that any child 14 and older charged with murder or attempted murder must be charged as an adult. Children under 14 must be charged as juveniles, he said.
In a courtroom yesterday, Sharon Robinson watched her son. "He had his back to me," she said. "I don't know if he was crying.
"He did turn around for a brief moment," she said. "He looked around and he just looked sad.
"I wasn't able to hug him. I just hollered in the courtroom that I loved him and for him to stay strong," she said, adding both 15-year-olds "looked terrified."
Sharon Robinson talked about how her life has changed since her son's arrest.
"The past few days have been pure living hell," she said. "It's like a nightmare that doesn't end -- that I can't seem to wake up from."
She then talked about her son.
"It's out of his character," Sharon Robinson said of the violent incident that led to charges against her son. She described him as "an average kid," who enjoys sports and loves to draw comic book characters.
Sharon Robinson said perhaps her son "was with the wrong crowd and didn't make a wise decision."
Sitting under photos of both her children on a wall in her living room, Sharon Robinson said, "If I could tell people about my son, I'd tell them that . . . he's generally a good-natured boy. He's caring.
PD "He's never had any troubles with the law. No drugs. No alcohol.
Nothing. No police records of any kind.
"I don't know who did what, if it was provoked or unprovoked. It should have never happened," Sharon Robinson said.
Nicole Robinson, Keith Robinson's sister, said, "He doesn't like to beat up people."
Sharon Robinson said she had never heard of any trouble between residents near Hampstead Hill Middle School and the students.
Last Friday after school, she recalled, Keith Robinson went straight to his room and said nothing about
the alleged attack. He watched television and read a little, she said.
She knew nothing of the incident until police came to her door around 8 p.m. and took her son to the Southeastern District for questioning.
"This might sound strange coming out of my mouth," Sharon Robinson said, "but parents should get ahold of their kids, guide their kids, do what it takes to put them on a straight path.