LOS ANGELES – U.S. police have arrested a 12-year-old boy for the murder of his 8-year-old sister in a case that attracted national media attention and prompted an intense manhunt.
Police were initially searching for an armed intruder for the April 27 murder of Leila Fowler, based on testimony from her brother, who was the only other person home when she was stabbed. But on Saturday night, the sheriff’s office said they had instead settled on the brother as their suspect.
Fowler was killed while she and her brother — whose name has not been released — were alone at their home in Valley Springs, a rural town at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, southeast of San Francisco.
The brother told police he saw an intruder flee the house and soon after found his sister stabbed. He called his parents, who called police, and the girl died in the hospital, according to a local newspaper.