Teen charged with suffocating siblings so they wouldn’t have to 'live in the hell he did'

2018-09-13 14:07
Teenage boy arrested. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images

Teenage boy arrested. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images

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An American teenager is being held in juvenile detention after allegedly confessing to suffocating his two siblings so they wouldn’t have to “live in the hell he did”.

Court documents state the boy from Indiana in the US is accused of smothering his 23-month-old half-sister, Desiree, by putting a towel over her head, Abc 15 reports.

Less than three months later the teen, who was 13 at the time, suffocated his 11-month old stepbrother Nathaniel Ritz with a blanket while he was sleeping.

In an affidavit the young boy told police investigators that he had a conversation with God about his siblings but couldn’t disclose more information because he promised God he wouldn’t tell anyone, the Daily Mail reports.

When questioned further about the tragic incident the teen started talking about saving Desiree and Nathaniel from hell and the chains of fire. He went on to say he didn’t want them to have to live in the hell he did. 

When asked by investigators what that hell is, the boy said the long list of daily chores he had to do.

The boy’s mom, Christina McCartney, recently addressed the media and spoke out in her son’s defence.

“He’s not the monster that people are trying to portray him as,” Christina told Fox News.

“It’s a mother’s worst nightmare to have such a precious family and then to wake up to the worst possible outcomes.”

The youngster will be evaluated by two doctors to see if he understands the proceedings and is competent enough to stand trial as an adult, the New York Times reports.

Sources: Fox News, Daily Mail, ABC15

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