Lily Peters, 10, was discovered dead in Wisconsin.
The teen detained in involvement with Lily’s death faced charges by video on Wednesday, and the judge set bail at $1 million. He has been identified solely by the initials CPB and has not been named officially.
Prosecutors said the adolescent followed Peters out of her aunt’s home in Chippewa Falls on Sunday night, then strangled and sexually abused her on a walking route.
Prosecutors claimed the boy admitted to police that “he intended to rape and kill the victim from the beginning” after leaving a house, he took her to a trail. He kicked Lily t, whacked her with a stick, choked her, and then sexually assaulted her.
The following day, her body was discovered.
On Tuesday evening, the accused was detained following a search order at Lily’s aunt’s home. Lily was alleged to have known her murderer, according to police. He was charged with first-degree deliberate homicide and first-degree sexual violence. Wisconsin law requires that first-degree homicide charges be presented in adult court if the suspect is ten or older.
Kelm stated at a press conference on Tuesday that a juvenile suspect had been apprehended earlier that evening. He said Lily was familiar with the suspect.
However, he refused to offer any other details, such as the suspect’s age or the location of their arrest.
Kelm stated that he no longer believed the public was at risk, implying that the accused worked independently.
“If you’re between the ages of 10 and 17 a charge for a juvenile would start in juvenile court where it’s confidential, the hearings are closed,”
“There are certain charges for juveniles, once you’re above the age of 10, that automatically start in adult court.”
“The community is devastated and rallied to start a search group for the missing child. We can do better as a community and must be more proactive,”
“While nothing will bring Lily Peters back or change what happened, we are very grateful to be able to deliver this news to the family and for the community,
“There’s got to be a way that we can send based on a radius, a text message to say to the community and let them know, please be on the lookout,”