Open criminal complaint: Suspect, 14, allegedly returned to Lily Peters’ body to ‘better hide her’ – WCCO

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wisconsin (WCCO) — The teen accused of killing a Wisconsin girl allegedly returned to the body to “better hide” her after she was reported missing, according to the unsealed criminal complaint.

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On Friday, the criminal complaint was opened, but the identity of the 14-year-old boy charged in the death of 10-year-old Lily Peters has not been released.

The boy, who has lived in Chippewa County his entire life, faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree sexual assault, all felonies.

Prosecutors say the boy confessed to investigators that he intended to rape and kill Peters “from the beginning” on April 24, after she left her aunt’s home in Chippewa Falls.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy told police he and Peters were on the road after he helped her get her bike from a residence. She was on a bike and he was on a hoverboard. At some point, they left the path and headed into the woods after the boy asked Peters if they could “go exploring.” The boy allegedly admitted hitting the girl with a stick, strangling her and sexually assaulting her.

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The boy allegedly fled the area after killing the girl and later returned home to shower and wash his clothes. He also told police that when he heard the victim was missing, he determined he needed to “hide her better,” so he returned to the scene, pulled her body a few feet and covered her with leaves.

Peters’ body was discovered the next morning in the woods not far from the trail near the parking lot of the Leinenkugel brewery. According to preliminary autopsy results, Peters died of strangulation and blunt force trauma.

MORE: Read Unsealed Criminal Complaint (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)

The boy was arrested the next day, which was the same day a search warrant was executed at a residence owned by Peters’ aunt. Investigators said the boy and Peters knew each other.

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He is being held at an Eau Claire detention center on $1 million bond. His case will automatically start in adult court, but the defense can ask to move.

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