A 14-year-old Indiana boy accused of suffocating death of his two younger brothers told investigators that he had killed them so he would not have to live in hell, "prosecutors allege.
Ripley County District Attorney Richard Hertel said Wednesday that the teenager was arrested last week on juvenile murder charges in the May 2017 murder of his 23-month-old half sister, Desiree McCartney, and the murder two months later. of her 11 month old daughter stepbrother, Nathaniel Ritz.
The murders occurred at the family home in Osgood, a rural community about 60 kilometers southeast of Indianapolis.
Desiree McCartney, 3 months old, was suffocated by the teenager who used a blanket or towel
The 11-month-old stepbrother, Nathaniel Ritz, died less than three months after his sister
Ripley County District Attorney Richard Hertel said Wednesday that the teenager was arrested last week on minor charges.
In an affidavit of probable cause filed in court, authorities say the teenager, who was 13 at the time of death, told investigators he used a towel to suffocate his half sister and a blanket to kill your stepbrother
Hertel said the teenager was informed of the charges he faces at a court hearing on Monday, after which the judge said he would decide if the teen is competent to face a trial before deciding whether to grant the prosecutors' request that it be judged as an adult .
The boy, who is detained in a juvenile center, was charged after an investigation by the State Police that, according to Hertel, is ongoing.
According to the affidavit, the teenager told investigators he was interrogated about the deaths of his brothers that "he had a conversation with God about them, but he could not talk about it because he had promised God that he would not tell anyone "
In a new interrogation, the teenager began "talking about saving Desiree and Nathaniel from hell and chains of fire," he says. He then added that "he did not want them to have to live in the hell he did," before going on to describe how he stifled the children.
So far no clear reasons have been established for the murders, but the teenager asked the investigators if they had seen the "list of daily tasks" that he had to complete
When asked what that "hell" was, the child answered "housework" before asking the investigators if they had seen the list of daily tasks that had to be completed, declares the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, the teenager's grandmother told investigators that when she asked him why he had killed his brothers, he replied that he "did not want them treated as he had been." She said she also described how she had firmly held the towel and blanket over their heads to suffocate them.
An uncle told investigators that the day before Nathaniel Ritz's death, the teenager told him that Ritz's father had bloodied the teen's nose.
Hertel said the teen's motivations remain unclear, but that the doctors who will examine it may shed light and shed light on them.
"In my time here, which has been 19 years, I'm not sure I've seen something as disturbing and as definitive as something like that," he said during a press conference in Versailles, the county seat.
The prosecutor said that shortly before the death of the adolescent's stepsister, the boy squeezed a kitten so hard that he went inside and told relatives that he had scratched it.
Hertel said the suspect's father is currently in prison and that he believes the boy's mother is cooperating with the investigation.
Neighbor Becky Horn told WLWT-TV that child deaths surprised the small community.
"All our street, we cried for weeks because of this," said Horn.