Monday, 13 May 2013

12-year-old boy arrested in fatal stabbing of younger sister

Authorities have arrested a 12-year-old California boy for fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister at her home last month, his mother described him as "protective" of his younger sibling..

Leila Fowler's killing last month shook the quiet community of Valley Springs, southeast of Sacramento, and set off an intense manhunt. Her brother was in the home at the time and told police he saw a man run from the scene.

Days later, the boy appeared with his father and stepmother at a vigil for his sister. On Friday, as speculation in the community built that perhaps the boy was involved, his biological mother told local television stations her son "could never hurt his sister."

"I've never seen him be mean to her," said Priscilla Rodriquez.

No motive or any further details about the case were given. Authorities noted that the investigation is ongoing.

California law only allows children as young as 14 to be tried as an adult, Fox 40 reports. If the boy is convicted of homicide, he can be released by age 25.

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