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.
The suspect let the children out of the locked room about 12 hours later after they started crying again, which is when her mother noticed she was bleeding.
The teen was charged with first-degree murder, rape and malicious wounding.
The suspect's parents said he has had problems with depression in the past but isn't currently on any medication.
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