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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  • Amar

    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.

    • iceman4

      wow; you sure dont read the news; there are kids as young as 5 y/o killing people.

  • Paul Jones

    In some of the photos media has shown, she looked like one of PaulsKids2005. Like a sister to one of them. Somehow related. Makes you wonder how many more look like them.

  • Andrea

    It’s wrong to stab your younger siblings. Lesson is don’t be like the 12 year boy who attacked his 8 year sister.

  • Kamie Harbaugh

    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!

  • RonKeffer

    articles posted on May 11th is no longer news…….take it off, please

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