A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy was charged as an adult Monday night in the beating death of a 90-year-old woman who was being taken care of by the boy’s grandfather, The Pocono Record reported.
The boy, who was not identified in the report, detailed the alleged attack to a state trooper. He reportedly said he held a cane to Helen Novak's throat and punched her numerous times, according to the affidavit. An autopsy performed on the body confirmed that the woman suffered blunt-force trauma around her neck and her death was ruled a homicide.
The report said that the boy was visiting his grandfather Saturday who lives in Honesdale, which is just outside Scranton. His grandfather had reportedly cared for the woman. The boy's mother told police that her son told her he went into the woman's room and she yelled at him, the paper reported, citing a district attorney press release. The boy reportedly told his mom that he lost his temper.
The boy, at some point, alerted his grandfather that the woman was bleeding from her mouth. The grandfather checked on the woman and determined she was OK, but he checked later and she was unresponsive, the report said. When asked by his grandfather if he did anything to the woman, the boy said, "No," the report said.
The Record's report said that homicide is excluded from the juvenile code and suspects are automatically charged as an adult.
The boy is being held at the Wayne County Correctional Facility and will see a judge on Oct. 22.