A Brooklyn man accused of gunning down a teen baby sitter in front of her 3-year-old cousin was held without bail Friday evening.
Taariq Stephens, 25, was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon — a .40-caliber Kel-Tec submachine gun.
No witness statements were available, according to the prosecution, but police say Stephens was seen on camera racking the gun in the hall outside the East Flatbush apartment where Shemel Mercurius, 16, was shot.
Mercurius was baby-sitting her cousin at the time.
Cops say Stephens has six prior arrests, but his attorney disputed that.
“This is his first arrest,” Jay Cohen said. “He’s had no prior contact with the justice system.”
The 6-foot-5 Stephens stayed mum as the charges were read Friday. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.