FOX News: A 14-year-old Indiana boy was being held at a juvenile detention center after confessing to the suffocation deaths of two younger siblings, authorities said.
The first child, a 23-month-old girl named Desiree, died in May, five days after being hospitalized for “not breathing right,” mother Christina McCartney told FOX 19 of Cincinnati.
A few months later, McCartney’s 11-month-old stepson, Nathaniel Ritz, died after being suffocated, the report said.
Soon after the boy’s death, the children’s 14-year-old brother confessed to killing them, authorities in Ripley County, Ind., said.
But McCartney spoke out in defense of the teen.
“He’s not the monster that people are trying to portray him as,” she told the station. “It’s a mother’s worst nightmare to have such a precious family and then to wake up to the worst possible outcomes.”
The teen told investigators that he killed the children so that they wouldn’t “have to live in the hell that he did,” prosecutors allege, though the meaning of the teen’s words wasn’t clear. MORE HERE