Monday, August 6, 2007
A suspected hepatitis C-infected junkie accused of murdering his 6-year-old cousin spit at reporters before his Quincy court arraignment today in a case where evidence now suggests he sexually assaulted the girl.
A Patriot-Ledger news reporter hit by the spit was taken to a hospital for observation, court officials said.
Ryan Bois, 20, a Weymouth drifter and reputed heroin addict, was ordered held without bail and sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for observation after pleading innocent to murder.
Bois is accused of murdering his little cousin, Joanna Mullin, according to court testimony. Prosecutors said today there was signs of sexual abuse on the girlís battered body. An autopsy is pending on the child. Bois has not been charged with sexual assault.
In addition to the murder charges, Bois was arraigned on multiple motor vehicle violations from a crash and police chase at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, and possession of heroin.
Authorities said Mullin was sleeping on a cot in her grandmotherís house in East Weymouth early Sunday morning, having a sleepover with another young relative, when Bois stood on the roof of his grandmotherís SUV, cut a screen and climbed in through a second-story window.
Bois grabbed the girl bringing her into another unoccupied room in the house where he may have killed her, prosecutors said. Bois also took the 64-year-old grandmotherís white Ford Explorer.
Prosecutors say Joanna Mullinís body showed signs of trauma to the head and body and was bleeding from the mouth.