9-year-old charged for murder of 5 people

Posted by News Express | 9 October 2019 | 1,489 times

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A 9-year-old child has been charged with murder and arson after five people died in a mobile home park blaze in Illinois.

On April 6, three toddlers and two adults died of smoke inhalation in a home in the Timberline mobile home park, 150 miles southwest of Chicago, the Peoria Journal Star reported.

Woodford County state’s attorney declined to identify the child on Tuesday but said the coroner found the fire was started intentionally by someone who knew people were inside.

The state’s attorney told the Star the child wouldn’t go to jail in any scenario but may be “put on probation for at least five years but not beyond the age of 21.”

Three children and two adults died on April 6 after a fire tore through a home in the Timberline mobile home park near Goodfield, the Peoria Journal Star and The Associated Press (AP) reported.

On Tuesday, Woodford County state’s attorney Greg Minger said he would not identify the child, but that county coroner Tim Ruestman found the fire was started intentionally, the AP wrote.

“It was a heavy decision. It’s a tragedy, but at the end of the day, it’s charging a very young person with one of the most serious crimes we have,” Minger told the AP. (Associated Press)

Source: News Express

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