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Mom Finds Daughter Dead At Home, Suspect Arrested

| by Karin Sun

A California mother returned to her house to find her daughter brutally murdered. The girl's 14-year-old brother has been arrested in connection with the death.

Sonya Wood, 46, found her daughter, 13-year-old Ashley Wood, dead in a bedroom of the family's Rocklin, California, home on the morning of July 19, KCRA reported. According to Roseville Police Captain Lon Milka, the victim died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Ashley's body was found by her mother around 10:45 a.m. At about 10:47 a.m., a neighbor reportedly heard a woman screaming and called 911, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The suspect in the killing, the girl's 14-year-old brother, was still inside the home when police arrived at 10:50 a.m., but fled soon after.

"He took off running down a field in a greenbelt area in Rocklin," Milka told KCRA. "It took 35 minutes to set up a perimeter with the help of the Roseville Police Department to actually find the suspect."

Police found the teen in the field around 11:45 a.m. and took him into custody. He has been booked on suspicion of murder and taken to the Placer County Probation Juvenile Detention Facility, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Crime scene investigators from both the Roseville Police Department and the FBI are currently searching for evidence.

 "We are processing the path [the suspect] took from the house to where he was taken into custody to see if he had discarded any clothes or weapons," said Milka.

Authorities also collected evidence from numerous places inside the home, the Times reported. Police declined to reveal the weapon used in the homicide.

The victim's father, 50-year-old Jeffrey Wood, was not home at the time of the attack, the Times reported.   

 Neighbors who knew the family said they mostly kept to themselves.

"Well, most of the time [they] were inside the house," Mary Alvarez, a neighbor, told KCRA. "You know she got a swimming pool and always taking good care of the kids. I don't know what happened."

"Really, we didn't have a lot of interaction with them," another neighbor, Dan Chiesa, said.

Sources: KCRA, Los Angeles TimesSacramento Bee / Photo credit: Rob Stewart/KCRA

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