A 14-year-old is charged with murder in the de@th of a 44-year-old teacher who was found stabbed to death in her Kansas City apartment in late April.
A spokeswoman for Jackson County courts told The Star that the teenager was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action by the Office of the Juvenile Officer. This office acts as a prosecutor in criminal cases involving children.
The teenager, whose name was not given, is accused of killing Jamie Craig, a teacher at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in her first-floor apartment on April 29.
Monday, many details of the case, such as the claimed reason for Craig’s death and the circumstances surrounding it, were still unknown.
The tweet below confirms the news:
The 44-year-old woman was found dead in her home on April 29 by Kansas City police officers called to conduct a welfare check. https://t.co/BRV2QzFoGH
— The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) May 16, 2023
Officers were sent to the homes in the 1700 block of East Missouri Avenue in Kansas City to check on the people who live there.
Court papers filed in support of a search request for the apartment say that a three-year-old boy met the officers at the front door and told them that his mother had a “boo boo.” Police say that Craig was found dead in his room with what looked like stab wounds.
A neighbor told the cops that someone had just moved out of the apartment and taken something to the trash. The officers then found a bloody white towel and a gray bag in the apartment’s trash can.
Because the claimed crimes are so bad, the 14-year-old will have to go to a hearing to find out if he or she will be tried as an adult. Under Missouri law, second-degree murder is a Class A felony that could lead to life in jail for an adult.
In a statement, Jackson County Circuit Court’s public information officer, Valerie Hartman, said that the petition for criminal charges was made by the juvenile officer on Friday. There was no date set right away for the 14-year-old’s next court appearance.
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