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VERSAILLES, Ind. (AP) — A 14-year-old Indiana boy charged in the suffocation deaths of his two young siblings told investigators that he killed them so that they wouldn’t “have to live in the hell that he did,” prosecutors allege.

Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel said Wednesday that the teen was arrested last week on juvenile charges of murder in the May 2017 killing of his 23-month-old half sister, Desiree McCartney, and the killing two months later of his 11-month-old stepbrother, Nathaniel Ritz, at their home in Osgood, a rural community about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Indianapolis.

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In a probable cause affidavit filed in court, authorities say the teen, who was 13 at the time of the deaths, told investigators that he used a towel to suffocate his half sister and a blanket to kill his stepbrother.

The boy, who is being held at a juvenile center, was charged following a State Police investigation that Hertel said is ongoing.

According to the affidavit, the teen told investigators who questioned him about his siblings’ deaths that “he had a conversation with God about them, but he could not talk about it because he had promised God he wouldn’t tell anyone.”

Under further questioning, the teen began “talking about saving Desiree and Nathaniel from hell and the chains of fire,” it states. He then added that “he didn’t want them to have to live in the hell that he did,” before going on to describe how he suffocated the children.

When asked what that “hell” was, the boy replied “chores,” before asking investigators if they’d seen the list of daily chores he had to complete, the affidavit states.

The prosecutor said that shortly before the teen’s half-sister’s death, the boy squeezed a kitten so hard its insides came out, telling relatives it had scratched him.

Hertel said the suspect’s father is currently in prison and that he believes the boy’s mother is cooperating with the investigation.

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  1. He should never be released to live among “normal” people and at his age $Millions could be spent on him during a lifetime incarnation which he will not get. Put him to sleep or let other prisoners take care of him.

  2. Sounds to me this kid was a serial killer in the making! He’ll probably only have to stay in jail until the age of 21. That is of course if he isn’t tried as an adult. Children who hurt animals should be a real wake up call for parents! They obviously are missing something like empathy for others. Hope he gets loads of counseling or next it’ll be a girlfriend or another adult that he will kill if they cross him.

  3. The kid is a defect no matter what the reason. The do-gooders will want to save him, but in a world of 6 billion people those who act on their anger and thoughts need to be terminated and it is not a loss to society but a gain.

  4. What a shame the teens mental illness wasn’t discovered before he killed his little half sister and brother. He belongs in an institution – now it can be prison..

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