Lily Peters, a 10-year-old girl from Wisconsin Found dead after she disappeared while visiting her auntOn Thursday, authorities confirmed that he died of severe shock and suffocation.
The preliminary autopsy also determined that the girl’s cause of death was murder. A final report is expected within 4-6 weeks after the toxicology test is completed, Chippewa County Coroner Ron Patten told The Post.
Patten said Lily, who was visiting her aunt a few blocks from her Chippewa Falls home, was “probably” attacked with a “large tree branch” during the brutal attack.
“There is other damage to the body, but we are not sure why at this point,” Patten said, adding that the girl was likely assaulted with multiple things. “Everything is being processed at this time.”
Patten said he had no additional information to provide, but the findings are consistent with what prosecutors said in court on Wednesday when he was a 14-year-old boy. They were accused of her gruesome murder. The teen, identified in court by only his initials, was ordered to be held on a $1 million cash bond.
“He punched the victim in the stomach, knocked her to the ground, basically strangled her, beat her with a stick, before strangling her to death — before sexually assaulting her,” Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said Wednesday. .
The prosecutor had asked the judge to lock up the accused teenage killer on this massive bond, in part because of disturbing statements he made to police, suggesting he posed a threat to the small town of 14,000.
Newell said the teen, who was arrested on Tuesday, told investigators he intended to “rape and kill the victim from the start.”
Lilly’s accused killer has been charged with 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 murdered girl who was found dead on Monday was a fourth-grader at Parkview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, where students and staff are located throughout the area. They are required to wear Purple Friday in honor of her.