A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY HELD BY police in the US after they discovered his parents dead in their home is facing two charges of first-degree murder.
District attorney Robert Watson said he intends to charge the boy with first degree murder for the deaths of his parents, among other charges.
Police responding to a 911 call – reportedly made by the boy about gunshots – found his parents Charles and Marilyn Long dead and two younger siblings injured at the family’s home in Burlington, Colorado.
The AP reports that the Longs had seven children, four of whom are grown up and no longer live at home.
Neighbours have been expressing their shock at the deaths, saying that there were no outward signs of trouble in the family. They also described the boy as a wholesome child who helped out his church.
Charles Long’s brother said that regardless of what had happened, he still regarded the boy as his nephew and was worried about him. He also said that the two injured children are expected to make a full recovery.
The boy remains in police custody at a juvenile detention facility. The DA said he wasn’t sure if he would attempt to try the boy as an adult.