Lily Peters murder latest news: Victim suffered blunt force trauma and strangulation, autopsy reveals

By | April 30, 2022

Prosecutor says suspect planned to rape and kill Lily Peters

A preliminary autopsy has found that 10-year-old Liliana “Lily” Peters suffered blunt force trauma and strangulation with her death being ruled a homicide.

Chippewa County Coroner Ron Patten confirmed the details to The Independent on Thursday, saying that the full autopsy report is not expected for several more weeks.

The preliminary findings support the version of events presented in court on Wednesday, where a 14-year-old boy was held on a $1m bond on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault, and first-degree sexual assault a child under the age 13 resulting in great bodily harm.

Prosecutors said the teenager, who knew his victim, led Lily along a walking trail near her aunt’s house where he allegedly punched her in the stomach, knocked her to the ground, hit her with a stick and strangled her before sexually assaulting her.

The teenager, referred to by his initials C PB, allegedly confessed to police that “his intention was to rape and kill the victim from the get-go” when they left Lily’s aunt’s house together on Sunday.

Lily was reported missing by her father that night and her body was discovered on Monday morning close to the trail.

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Wisconsin town wears purple to honor memory of 10-year-old Lily Peters

Businesses and residences in Marshfield displayed purple balloons and ribbons to honor Lily Peters and her family, after the neighborhood was shaken by the murder of the girl.

What started from Chippewa Falls on Friday has spread to neighboring communities to show support to the family.

“It’s really important to lean on your neighbors during times like this, and to really show that support.” said Janileez Volena, director of human resources at Marshfield Insurance, reported WAOW TV.

Greg Hoffman, the mayor of Chippewa Falls, told TODAY Parents that the outpouring of love for Lily has been overwhelming and he has received several support emails and calls.

“I’m getting emails and phone calls from people in different states asking, ‘What can we do?’ and sending their prayers,” Mr Hoffman said.

Shweta Sharma30 April 2022 07:45

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Everything we know about the death of 10-year-old Lily Peters

The death of 10-year-old Iliana “Lily” Peters and the arrest of a 14-year-old boy for her murder has shocked the small, tight-knit community of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Lily was found dead at around 9.15am on Monday morning in a wooded area close to a walking trail by the Leinenkugel’s brewery.

The fourth-grade student had been reported missing by her father at around 9pm on Sunday after she failed to return from her aunt’s house on North Grove Street to her own home on East Birch Street.

Read Rachel Sharp’s report

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Chippewa Falls police chief says tips from the public led to arrest of 14-year-old suspect

Chippewa Falls Police chief Matthew Kelm said that his tip line received over 200 messages from the public which proved helpful in the arrest of the teenager quickly in the case.

“I know that our tip line and other tips that came in, we had over 200, I believe, and tips from the public were of great help in solving this case as quickly as we did,” he said.

He said it was “devastating” to find her body as they were hoping to find her at her school the next day.

” We were ready to continue looking for the missing girl hoping that she was gonna show up to school the next day, that we could call off the search, and then when we learned that that wasn’t going to happen, it hit us all very hard,” he said.

He said the murder shook the whole town and it was overwhelming to see the support for the girl’s family.

“The town was devastated. The murder of a 10-year-old girl, as you may have imagined, shook this town to its core,” he said.

“And very much to their credit, when that happened, they rallied. And the support for local the law enforcement doing an investigation, the support that we are seeing for the family and the purple that is all around town, just has been overwhelming, and I’m so thankful for it.”

Stuffed animals are left at the altar during a prayer vigil for 10-year-old Iliana “Lily” Peters at Valley Vineyard Church in Chippewa Falls,

(AP)

Shweta Sharma30 April 2022 06:15

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Accused teenager is son of ‘convicted pedophile’ – report

The 14-year-old who has been charged with three counts in the death of Lily Peters is the son of a convicted pedophile father who was found with a stash of child pornography, reported Daily Mail.

His father, Adam Berger, 37, spent three years term in jail after he was arrested for keeping pornographic pictures of prepubescent girls on his phone.

According to court papers, the pictures were focused on the children’s genitalia. He also had drug paraphernalia including four crack pipes in his home.

He remains on supervised probation following his release from jail and remains on the sex offender registry.

Shweta Sharma30 April 2022 05:30

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Suspect will appear in court next week

The teenager accused of strangling and sexually assaulting Lily Peters is scheduled to next appear in court at 3.30pm CT on Thursday 5 May.

The hearing is to make decisions around the defense counsel assigned to the defendant going forwards.

The 14-year-old is expected to appear remotely for the hearing.

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The charges against the accused killer

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with three counts in the death of Lily Peters. These charges are:

– First-degree intentional homicide

– First-degree sexual assault

– First-degree sexual assault of a child under age 13 resulting in great bodily harm

At the moment, the juevnile is being charged as an adult because, under Wisconsin law, first-degree homicide charges must first be brought in adult court if the suspect is aged 10 or older.

The case can be transferred to juvenile court at a later date or prosecutors could continue to try the suspect as an adult.

Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that it would be “premature” to speculate whether the prosecutors plan to continue to try the suspect in adult court however he added that it is a “very serious case”.

If the suspect is tried in adult court, he faces up to life in prison on the homicide charge, up to 60 years on the sexual assault charge, and up to life in prison on the sexual assault of a minor charge.

Rachel Sharp30 April 2022 03:45

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Everything we know about the death of 10-year-old Lily Peters

The death of 10-year-old Iliana “Lily” Peters and the arrest of a 14-year-old boy for her murder has shocked the small, tight-knit community of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, this week.

Lily was found dead on Monday morning in a wooded area close to a walking trail by the Leinenkugel’s brewery.

The fourth-grade student had been reported missing by her father at around 9pm on Sunday after she failed to return from her aunt’s house on North Grove Street to her own home on East Birch Street.

Here’s a recap of the case:

Rachel Sharp30 April 2022 02:45

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Police chief thanks community for support

Chippewa Police Chief Matthew Kelm has thanked the community for the support it has shown law enforcement following the murder of Lily Peters.

Mr Kelm told WEAU that this support had helped his officers cope with the emotional and mental strain the tragedy has taken on them.

“I think a big part of what helps our officers is the outpouring of support we’ve gotten from the community. It’s been unbelievable,” he said.

“One officer told me this morning he was stopped three times by cars just walking across the street, just stopping to say thank you. So that stuff really does help us and helps our officers mental and emotional well-being.”

The police chief said that resources have been available for the officers as well, including a counselor at the command post at the scene of the murder.

Rachel Sharp30 April 2022 01:45

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Why was no Amber Alert issued for Lily Peters

When 10-year-old Lily Peters was reported missing by her father on Sunday night, no Amber Alert was issued.

In an initial media release prior to her body being found, Chippewa Falls Police Department said that her disappearance did not meet the criteria for issuing an alert.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, there are three criteria that must be met for an Amber Alert to be issued in the state.

These are: that the child must be 17 years of age or younger; that the initiating agency must have enough descriptive information about the child, the suspect and/or the suspect vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help locate the child; and that the child must be in danger of serious bodily harm or death.

It appears that there was not enough information at the time of Lily’s disappearance to satisfy the last criteria.

Now, a Change.org petition is calling for the launch of a “Lily Alert” to change the system around the disappearance of missing children.

An Amber Alert is an emergency child abduction alert sent out to the public as soon as possible after a child goes missing.

It provides information about the child and the abduction such as the child’s description so that members of the public with any information can submit tips.

The alert system was first launched following the abduction and murder of nine-year-old Amber Rene Hagerman in Texas in 1996.

Rachel Sharp30 April 2022 00:45

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Preliminary autopsy finds Lily Peters suffered blunt force trauma and strangulation

Preliminary autopsy results have revealed that 10-year-old Lily Peters suffered blunt force trauma and strangulation and her death has been ruled a homicide.

The Independent first reported the findings of the preliminary autopsy on Thursday after speaking with Chippewa County Coroner Ron Patten.

Mr Patten said that the results are preliminary and he expects the full autopsy report to be completed in around six weeks’ time.

He said that the full autopsy will include additional testing as officials want to be “very thorough” with the investigation into the girl’s murder.

The preliminary findings support the version of events presented in court on Wednesday, where a 14-year-old boy was accused of punching Lily, hitting her with a stick and strangling her, before sexually assaulting her.

Rachel Sharp29 April 2022 23:45

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