12-Year-Old Arrested For Murdering Sister

By: Sean Patterson - May 13, 2013

On April 27, a Valley Springs, California girl named Lelia Fowler was found stabbed to death in the home where she lived with her brother and father. Police, who immediately began searching for the 8-year-old’s killer, have now made an arrest in the case – Lelia’s 12-year-old brother.

According to an Associated Press report, the boy has been charged with the homicide of his younger sister. He had originally told police that he found Leila and saw an intruder fleeing from his house. The kids’ parents were reportedly at a little league game at the time of the murder.

The boy’s description of the alleged intruder kicked off a manhunt in the small Northern California community. Police found no signs of a robbery at the Fowler house, and a door-to-door search turned up no leads. Their questioning of sex offenders and parolees in the area were similarly unfruitful.

Lelia’s brother was arrested on the evening of Saturday, May 11. A candlelight vigil was held last week at the elementary school that Leila attended.

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  • Nanett

    I’m a tad surprised, but not too surprised at this. I’s all just sooo sad. 2 questions however…1…what about the neighbor next door who said she also saw a man running away? 2…this could’nt be out of the clear blue. There HAD to have been earlier problems with this boy that were either missed or dismissed by the family. I think that’s the bigger part of this unfolding story…what was HIS history?