Two dead Utah brothers were found in their home on Wednesday, according to reports. Their brother, a 15-year-old, was later arrested.
Utah police on Thursday arrested a 15-year-old boy over the death of his two brothers, aged 4 and 10, who were found stabbed to death in the family’s home, it was reported.
“We believe he acted alone,” Sergeant Susan Poulsen of the Sheriff’s Office in Davis County told NBC News. She was referring to the teenager, who was not named because he is a minor.
The two boys were found dead with injuries “consistent with penetrating knife wounds,” Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson was quoted as saying by local station KSL-TV.
The mother of the three found the 4-year-old boy dead on Wednesday afternoon. Police found the body of the 10-year-old later.
The 15-year-old was found wandering the street a few miles away. The teenager ran away from his home two years ago and was found some four miles from his home
“From what I understand, he’s a model student, from what I’ve heard. I’ve never had any complaints about him or his family. I always figured him as model 15-year-old that every mom dreamed of having. He was just carefree almost. He just kind of did his own thing as most boys do,” neighbor Ann Durrwachter told KSL.
Richardson could not elaborate on the nature of the wounds suffered by the two boys.
“I’ve been in this job for a long time, so the things that look like defensive wounds turn out not to be,” he told CNN.
Richardson told The Associated Press that blood was found on the 15-year-old, but he said there was no weapon on him.
“You see a lot of things, but it’s hard to walk in there,” said Richardson, referring to the family home.
Neighbor Kevin Jackson said he is “still in shock” over the killing.
“This is a wonderful neighborhood and the kids are usually outside playing,” he added.