A 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy has confessed to shooting and killing his mother and 8-year-old brother with a bullet to the forehead as they slept. The teen initially tried to frame the murders on his father.
Jacob Remaley called 911 just before 7 a.m. on Nov. 30 and told the dispatcher his mother and younger brother were dead and that his father had laid a gun in his bed before abandoning the property, State Police Trooper Stephen Limani stated.
"Why didn't he kill me? I need help," Jacob was quoted as telling the operator, an affidavit obtained by TribLive.com reports.
Pennsylvania police stated the 14-year-old later confessed to loading a handgun that had been stored on top of the refrigerator and willfully shooting 46-year-old Dana and Caleb Remaley in their beds after his father, David, left to go to work, The Daily Mail reports.
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Jacob also reportedly told police he would have also shot his father had he been at the house.
David left home to go work at a VA hospital at around 5:40 a.m. and was not hurt.
The 14-year-old was charged as an adult with two counts each of third-degree murder and criminal homicide on Nov. 30. He is set to be formally arraigned once he undergoes a mental health evaluation and unspecified medical treatment.
The teen and his parents weren't getting along in the days leading up to the murders but was apparently held in high esteem by his younger brother, Limani said of the possible motive.
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Caleb was a third-grade student at a local elementary school and Dana worked as a personal care assistant at a local middle school, WPXI reports.
First responders who arrived to the family home found the boy standing in the front yard wearing only boxer briefs and a T-shirt with blood on his knee, repeating the word "Mom."
Before police arrived, Jacob was found walking down the street with the murder weapon in his hands by a woman neighbor, officials stated.
The neighbor told the boy she loved him and persuaded him to let go of the gun and to go to the police. Jacob replied: "I love my mom, too," the Pittsburg Post-Gazette reports.
"That neighbor did a very good job in de-escalating the situation," Limani said. "The last thing we want to do is approach a 14-year-old with a firearm."
Once in a local hospital and questioned by police, Jacob made his confession, the affidavit states.