14-Year-Old Boy Who Allegedly Killed 6-Year-Old Grace Ross Now Facing Additional Sex Crime Charges.
The unidentified 14-year-old alleged murderer of Grace Ross is now facing more charges in the little girls death.
Grace Ross was reported missing from her home in New Carlisle, Indiana on Friday March 12. Her body was found a short time later, partially clothed, in a field. The 14-year-old suspect was taken into custody a short time later but, police are not releasing how they knew of the boy's involvement.
The teen appeared in court today, March 22, for a preliminary hearing and this was the first time Ross' family heard a shocking new detail.
Ross' cause of death has been listed as asphyxiation and the teen has been charged with three different crimes; murder, felony murder and child molestation.
The teen is said to have sat silently while the charges were read but Ross' family was visibly shaken by the discovery that Grace had been molested in some way.
According to ABC 57 Ross' grandfather, Timothy Howard Sr., said the family is not angry with the mother of the teen accused.
“Well as I sat there I looked at that mom I couldn’t make eye contact with her. I could look at someone that’s a working day mom just like everyone else probably doing the best that she could I can’t see holding her responsible," said Howard.
The suspect will be in court on May 13 for a hearing to determine if he should be tried as an adult.
“This is a case where it's not so much of a factually difficult case. It is more of a procedurally difficult case in order to make sure you’re straddling the juvenile and the adult court and all straddling over all of the issues that come into play. It’s really more of a difficult procedural case than anything else," deputy prosecutor Christopher Fronk said.
This case has the entire community on edge with the thought that one of their own children could have done this to another.
We're praying this family receives justice and that the boy gets some help.