Investigators believe that the child deliberately set off a fire in which three children and two adults died.
A nine-year-old has been charged with murder after five people were killed in a fire in the spring of a trailer park in Illinois. This was announced on Wednesday, October 9, Sky News reported citing the prosecutor’s statements.
It is noted that no information about the accused will be made public, but the state prosecution can confirm that the fire was not an accident. Three children and two adults were killed.
The Prosecutor’s Office notes that it will be extremely difficult to prove in court that the child intended to kill five people.
According to the FBI classification, the killing of more than three people is considered massive. No such young defendant has been charged with mass murder since at least 2006.
In the U.S., most states do not have a minimum age of criminal responsibility, so theoretically a child at any age can become a defendant in a criminal case. In most cases, tests are conducted to determine the ability of a minor to be aware of their actions. In states where the age of responsibility is set, it is 7-10 years.
Earlier it was reported that five children died in a kindergarten in the United States. They were between eight months and seven years old.