Victim’s 12-Year Old Brother Arrested in Eight-Year Old Girl’s Murder

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say they have arrested the brother of an 8-year-old girl who was mysteriously stabbed at her home in a quiet Northern California community last month.

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz told reporters at a news conference that the arrest was made late Saturday afternoon. He says the 12-year-old boy will be charged with homicide.

The boy had told police last month that he encountered an intruder in the home on the day Leila Fowler was killed. He described the man as being tall with long gray hair.

The April 27 attack shook the tightknit Valley Springs community of about 7,400 people and set off a massive manhunt. Investigators did a door-to-door sweep of houses, storage sheds and horse stables.

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6 thoughts on “Victim’s 12-Year Old Brother Arrested in Eight-Year Old Girl’s Murder

  1. I just hope that they arrested the right person. I doubt a 12 year old would do it, but seeing how terrible the world is anything can be possible.

  2. Just sad is all this is… at 12 i was not thinking murdering somebody. what is this world comming to when a 12 year old brother would kill his 8yr old sister?! This is soooo awful!

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