Police have charged a teenage boy in the sledgehammer attack ,that left his sister dead and a young cousin severely injured, when a two-year-old child arrived at the hospital with a fractured skull.
When detectives went to investigate at the home where the child had been staying, they found the body of 22-year-old Betsy Mary Smith in a padlocked room.
Smith, who lived at the home, had been stabbed and beaten with a sledgehammer.
Police said Smith's 16-year-old brother told a detective that had killed his sister.
Police said the teen then hit the two-year-old with the sledgehammer because she was crying.
Police said the teen then raped his sister, left her on the bedroom floor and locked the door, leaving the two-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy inside.
Sheriff Howard Smith said the victim was baby-sitting the children, who were her cousins.
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