Police: Brother, Not Intruder, Killed Calif. Girl
Boy, 12, arrested for murder of 8-year-old Leila Fowler
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 1:08 AM CDT
Updated May 13, 2013 5:15 AM CDT
Teacher Cecilia Richardson helps a student tie a ribbon honoring murder victim Leila Fowler at Jenny Lind Elementary School in Valley Springs, Calif.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – A 12-year-old boy who told police that an intruder stabbed his 8-year-old sister to death has been arrested and will be charged with homicide, police say. The killing in the small northern California town of Valley Springs last month sparked a 15-day manhunt after the boy told police a tall, gray-haired man had stabbed his sister, Leila Fowler, while their parents were at a Little League game, the LA Times reports. A neighbor who told police she had seen a man running from the crime scene later recanted her story, reports the Modesto Bee.

Days before the arrest, the boy's mother told reporters that her son could "never hurt his sister," the AP reports. "I've never seen him be mean to her." Area residents say they are stunned by the boy's arrest, but glad that they can rest easier after weeks of fear that the mystery intruder would attack again. Police, who spent thousands of hours in a door-to-door search of the area, haven't said what led them to arrest the boy.

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Plato
May 13, 2013 9:38 PM CDT
I have always strongly suspected that is who caused JonBenet Ramsey's death, her brother. Quite possibly accidentally. There was a tape made earlier the night of her death that recorded her brother being there. If that did happened it was certainly a motive for the parents to cover up the accidental death or possibly murder. O. K., so I am off subject, but it is similar.
fractal
May 13, 2013 1:02 PM CDT
Was he just angry and out of control? Or did she threaten to tell someone...
NYUFan
May 13, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
One more reason to BAN THE GUNS AND AMMO, NOW!