Ten-year-old Lily Peters was killed by a 14-year-old boy, Chippewa County Attorney Wade Newell alleged during a court hearing Wednesday.
  • Peters’ body was found in woodland near close to a walking trail in Chippewa Falls, northeast of Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Monday morning.
  • Fourth-grader had gone missing on Sunday night after being at an aunt’s house.
  • Father reported his daughter missing at around 9pm.
  • Her body was found along with her bike close to a walking trail in the small town.
  • DA Wade Newell asked for bond to be set at $1 million.
  • He described how the boy ‘punched the victim in stomach, knocked her to the ground and strangled her to the point of death and then s€xually assaulted her.
  • Cops say the boy told them his intention was to break and kill the victim from the get go as he left the house and walked down the street with her.

Lily Peters’ father reported her missing after she didn’t return home from her aunt’s house:

Lily’s father reported her missing 9 p.m. Sunday after the girl did not return home from a visit to her aunt’s house in Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said.

A bicycle believed to belong to Lily was found late Sunday night in some woods near a walking trail. That area is less than a mile northwest from where Lily’s aunt lives.

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Lily Peters’ body was found near a walking trail:

Lily’s body was found about 9:15 a.m. Monday in a wooded area near the walking trail, police said.

Police said Lily lived in the 50 block of East Birch Street, which is a quarter-mile west of where her aunt lives.

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Police arrested a juvenile suspect Tuesday:

At a press conference Tuesday, Kelm announced that a juvenile suspect was arrested earlier that evening. He said the suspect was known to Lily.

But he declined to provide any further information, including the suspect’s age or where they were arrested. 

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Where is Chippewa Falls?

Chippewa Falls is located within Chippewa County in northwestern Wisconsin, about 100 miles from Minneapolis. Its population as of the 2020 U.S. Census is 14,700. The city is perhaps best known as the home of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.

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