A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy has officially been charged in the death of a 90-year-old woman.
Tristen Kurilla has been charged with criminal homicide after a forensic pathologist ruled 90-year-old Helen Novak’s death intentional. Reports say that on October 11, Kurilla was visiting family in a residence where Novak also lived, as Kurilla’s grandfather was Novak’s caretaker. At some point, Kurilla and Novak got in a dispute when Novak yelled at him, and the 10-year-old entered Novak’s room and allegedly proceeded to attack her.
Reports say that Kurilla grabbed a wooden cane, put it around Novak’s neck, and pulled it back into her throat for four or five seconds. He then took the cane away from her neck and proceeded to punch her in the stomach multiple times.
The boy was arrested this weekend following Novak’s death when his mother went to police to tell them what her son had done. Kurilla admitted to everything when he was interviewed by authorities, telling a trooper, “I killed that lady,” and claiming that he was “only trying to hurt her.”
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Now, the 10-year-old boy is in Wayne County Prison and no bail has been set. He has been charged as an adult and is scheduled to appear in court on October 22, according to The Morning Call.
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