Prosecutor: 14-Year-Old Charged With Killing Chippewa Falls Girl
Chippewa Falls, WI (KROC-AM News) - A 14-year-old boy was arraigned today in a western Wisconsin courtroom on charges stemming from the murder of 10-year-old Lily Peters in Chippewa Falls.
Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell says the teenager is charged with first-degree murder and 2 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. During today’s court hearing, Newell said the juvenile admitted to investigators that he punched the child, struck her with a stick, strangled her, and sexually assaulted her along a walking path Sunday night. The young girl was murdered after she left her aunt’s house to return to her home, and in reading the charges, the District Attorney indicated the suspect left the home with the victim with the intent to rape and kill her.
During an afternoon news conference, Newell was asked about the relationship between the suspect and the victim and he answered that he could not comment on that at this time Cash bail for the teenager, who was identified in court only as C. P.-B., was set at $1 million. He is due back in court next week.
Lily Peters was reported missing Sunday night after she failed to return home after visiting her aunt’s house a few blocks from her home. Chippewa Falls Police found her bike in the woods adjacent to the trail Sunday and discovered her body the following morning.