15-Year-Old Boy Fatally Stabs Siblings in Bizarre Murder
In West Point, Utah, a 15-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly stabbing his younger younger brothers, ages 4 and 10, to death. Officials say the boy’s adopted brothers found him miles away with traces of blood on his clothing.
The murders occurred in the family’s home in a Utah subdivision about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. The quiet bedroom community is stunned and horrified by the incident. Neighbor Karin Jackson said, "I'm still in shock. This is a wonderful neighborhood and the kids are usually outside playing."
The 15-year-old and his two younger brothers had been left home alone. The family has six children, four of whom are adopted. The police said the mother took the other children to a dance recital, and returned to find the bodies. Their father was away in Alabama.
David County Sheriff Todd Richardson says that, according to a preliminary report by the medical examiner, the 15-year-old allegedly acted alone.
Officials described the older brother as an honor student and member of the track team who was being homeschooled by his mother. The 15-year-old was enrolled as a ninth grader at West Point Junior High. Neighbors are quoted as saying he was socially awkward, and had a speech impediment.
Four of the family's six children are adopted, and neighbors spoke highly of them. But some say the 15-year-old was "different." Ex-neighbor Scott Green said he once found the teen throwing dozens of rocks over a fence onto his trampoline.
Neighbors interviewed by The Associated Press all agreed that the 15-year-old kept to himself and wasn't seen out, except when jogging. According to Sheriff Richardson, the teen had attempted to run away two or three years ago, and was eventually found after a 7-hour search.
Lindsey Caballero, a neighbor who lives directly across the street, expressed fear over the incident, saying, "It's very sad. It's scary. It goes to show you never know what's happening."
County Attorney Troy Rawlings said authorities are still gathering information before they will charge the boy. "There are more questions than answers at this point," Rawlings said. "This teen in custody has a presumption of innocence. Facts are being gathered to assist with critical decisions."