Prosecutors said Wednesday that CBS Minnesota. was Peters in Wisconsin on Monday after her family reported her missing the day before.In the death of 10-year-old Eliana “Lily” Peters, she told investigators he punched, strangled and sexually assaulted her, he reported.
Prosecutors said the boy admitted he was planning to rape and murder Peters “from the beginning” on Sunday night, when he began stalking her after she left her aunt’s house, according to CBS Minnesota.
“(Society’s) protection is also necessary in this case given his statements about his intentions and his statements that when he got out of the way he punched the victim in the stomach, knocked her down, basically strangled her, beat her with a stick, before strangling her to death – before he sexually assaulted her, Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell told the judge at the bond hearing, according to Associated Press.
After hearing from both legal teams, Judge Ben Lin agreed to prosecutors’ request to hold the boy on $1 million cash bail, calling his alleged crimes a “serious threat to society,” CBS Minnesota reported. The boy’s defense team requested a $100,000 guarantee, arguing that he was not a flying hazard because he was too young to drive.
After the hearing, Newell said the boy was accused of first-degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 resulting in significant bodily harm. The Associated Press reports that the judge in the case has sealed the criminal case.
The name of the suspect, who appeared in court on videotape, has not been released, although prosecutors said he has lived in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, his entire life. Investigators said he and Peters knew each other.
“The suspect was not a stranger. The suspect is known to the victim,” CBS Minnesota quoted Kelm as saying. “We don’t think there is any danger to society at the moment.”
Peters was first reported missing Sunday night after she did not come home from her aunt’s house. While searching for the girl, the officers found a bicycle near a walking path.
Her body was found in a wooded area near the hiking trail Monday morning. The police said. CBS Minnesota reported that the suspect was arrested Tuesday at a home in the same building as Peters’ aunt’s home.