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California boy, 12, arrested after stabbing to death sister, 6

By Mason White 11:28 AM May 12, 2013
Leila Fowler 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A little boy was arrested and charged with murder related charges after stabbing to death his 12-year-old sister, according to a statement released by California police.

Police arrested the 12-year-old brother of an 8-year-old who was mysteriously stabbed to death in her home in a rural community in northern California last month.

The boy, who was not identified, is charged with murder, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz said.
The killing of Leila Fowler shook the tight knit Springs Valley community of about 7,400 people and sparked a massive manhunt.

The boy had told police he found the body of his sister and found an intruder in the house while their parents were at a Little League game. He described the man as being tall with long gray hair.
Police said there were no signs of a robbery or assault in the house.

The detectives did a door-to-door sweep of houses, sheds and horse stables, but found nothing. Divers also searched two reservoirs nearby for clues.

As part of the investigation, authorities seized several knives from the house the girl shared with her father, stepmother and siblings to determine if it could have caused the fatal injuries.

Leila’s brother was arrested at 5:10 pm Saturday and police quickly called a press conference to announce the arrest.
Several days after the massacre, hundreds of people gathered at Jenny Lind Elementary School, where Leila was a popular 3rd grader. Her mother, Krystal Walters, tearfully thanked the public for their support.

“This is definitely a terrible murder. Such a killing can devastate entire families. There must have been some clues that went unnoticed. Such killings do not usually happen from one minute to the next. I hope the family can recover from their great loss,” Erika Collier, 47, of Tacoma, Washington told after learning about the Leila Fowler murder.

“I just want to thank the community and all our family and friends for the great amount of support given to our family,” the mother of the murdered girl, Krystal Walters, said at the time. “It will never be forgotten. Thank you,” she added.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view