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10-year-old boy confesses to killing man when he was 7 in the US, authorities say

A 10-year-old boy confessed to using his grandfather's gun to fatally shoot a sleeping man in 2022, a week before his 8th birthday, according to the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office in Texas. .

The homicide investigation into the death of 32-year-old Brandon O'Quinn Rasberry, who was shot in the head in January 2022 at a mobile home park in Nixon, Texas, had been stalled until the child's recent comments about a man in who he shot and killed two years ago, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

On April 12, a principal at the Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District told Gonzales County authorities that the middle school student had threatened to assault and kill another student on a school bus the day before, prompting them to carry out a threat assessment, according to the release.

School district officials reported that the 10-year-old boy had made comments about shooting and killing a man two years ago, according to the release.

Gonzales County criminal investigators determined based on what the child shared at school that he may have had knowledge about Rasberry's death.

School district Superintendent Jeff Van Auken said in an April 18 letter addressed to parents obtained by KSAT-TV, an affiliate of CNN that the child would not return to school.

During a forensic interview at a child advocacy center, the child “provided information consistent with firsthand knowledge of the homicide of Brandon Rasberry,” according to the release.

Report

Authorities reported the child said he was visiting his grandfather, who lived in the same mobile home park as Rasberry, on Jan. 16, 2022, the release states.

After obtaining a pistol he found in the glove compartment of his grandfather's truck, the child told investigators he entered Rasberry's trailer, according to the release.

Authorities said the child claimed he had never met Rasberry, although he had seen him walking around the trailer that day.

The child told investigators he saw Rasberry sleeping, approached him and fired a shot, hitting the man once in the head, according to the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office.

“The child stated that upon leaving the trailer he fired the gun again on the couch inside the trailer,” the statement said.

The child told authorities he then exited the trailer and returned the firearm to the truck's glove compartment.

“They also asked the child if he was mad at Brandon for any reason or if Brandon had ever done something to him to make him mad. The child said no,” according to the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The child said his grandfather pawned the gun, which investigators located at a pawn shop in Seguin, Texas, on April 12, the release states.

The Gonzales County District Attorney's Office, the Texas Department of Child Protective Services and Gonzales County Juvenile Probation have joined the investigation.

A forensic analysis and comparison of two spent shell casings found at the scene of the homicide determined that the pawned gun was the same gun used to kill Rasberry, authorities said.

“Due to the severity of the crime and continued concern for the child’s mental well-being, the child was placed on emergency detention for 72 hours,” according to the sheriff’s office press release.

Detention

The child was taken to a psychiatric hospital in San Antonio, Texas, for evaluation and treatment and later taken to the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office, where authorities said he was booked on charges related to the school bus incident for making a terrorist threat.

“The child was placed in Gonzales County Juvenile Probation detention to await a court date at a later date,” the release states.

In Texas, a child cannot be held legally responsible for a criminal act until they turn 10 years old. Because the child was 7 years old at the time of Rasberry's death, the Gonzales County Prosecutor's Office will not file or accept homicide charges in the case, according to the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office.

A CNN has reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety for comment and is awaiting feedback.

Source: CNN Brasil

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