Teen accused of smothering infant sister because 'voices told him to'

Teen accused of smothering infant sister (VIDEO)
The 10-month-old. (Legacy.com)
The 10-month-old. (Legacy.com)

READING, OH (FOX19) - A 14-year-old boy is accused of smothering his 10-month-old stepsister while she was sleeping because he heard "voices telling him to do so."

The teenager was charged with murder and felonious assault and is being held until his next hearing at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

Court records state the alleged incident happened June 25 at a residence in the 100 block of East Vine Street in Reading.

Kori Wetherald is a neighbor, she says she remembers seeing the baby being pulled out of the home lifeless on a stretcher.

"I didn't know what was going on at first. Then when I came outside I saw all the commotion and what not, and of course I am thinking that there was some kind of bust, I am not thinking that someone was hurt, and then the teenagers told me that the brother came outside and asked them if they knew CPR, because my sister stopped breathing," Wetherald said.

According to Reading Police Detective Joseph Mitsch Jr. in a sworn statement filed with the Hamilton County Municipal Court, the teen "admitted to using a pillow to cover the victim's head and face while the victim was sleeping. (The teen) stated he did this because he heard voices telling him to do so."

The arrest report lists the teen as having a "psychiatric disorder."

He is scheduled to appear in juvenile court again on July 23

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