- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2002

LEWISVILLE, Texas A 15-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy will be charged today with killing their 6-year-old brother on Monday afternoon a crime that has this booming lake community up in arms.
The body of the young victim, Jackson Carr, was uncovered from 2 feet of mud and debris yesterday morning after police say the sister guided them to the gravesite and said, "I killed him. He's right in there."
An all-out search began about 6:45 p.m. Monday when the parents, Michael and Rita Carr, called police to say their youngest was missing. The 10-year-old had told his parents that Jackson was playing hide-and-seek with him, "and then I couldn't find him."
About three dozen police and fire personnel, using a helicopter, thermal-imaging devices and dogs searched the area unsuccessfully until about 1 a.m. yesterday. More than 20 neighbors helped.
But yesterday morning, police searched the rooms of the Carr children and found something they won't say what that convinced them the youngster was dead.
Shortly thereafter, police say, the 15-year-old girl confessed and offered to lead the officers to the burial ground in heavily wooded terrain about 100 yards behind the Carrs' house, part of a deserted gravel pit.
According to police, while the sister said she had killed the child, the 10-year old admitted he had held his brother's face in the mud until he died.
Asphyxiation was ruled the cause of death, but the child also had a perforated jugular vein from a stab wound.
Richard Douglass, Lewisville Police Department spokesman, said officers had resumed the hunt yesterday morning "when the sister finally said she could show us where he was."
Neighbors said they had been "concerned" about the Carrs because all three children seemed to have had developmental or behavioral problems.
Janet Ellison, who has lived in the neighborhood about 18 miles from Dallas for nearly a decade, said her daughter attended middle school with the accused 15-year-old and said she had been suspended and moved to an alternative school recently.
Police in suburban Garland said the two older children had set fire to a Garland school about three years ago.
Mr. Douglass said investigators had determined no motive. Another official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, "Oh yes, we have a motive, but we're not about to get into that at this time."
The two were taken to the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center and placed in separate cells, pending formal charges being filed.
Under Texas law, children 10 or older can be charged in juvenile court, with a judge usually determining the sentence. The most severe punishment is to be incarcerated in the Texas Youth Commission prison until age 21.
In more recent years, judges have been given more leeway and can mete out a sentence of as much as 40 years, with the remainder of those years after 21 being served in an adult prison.
Some offenders, as young as 13, can be certified as adults and tried in adult court depending on the severity of the crime.
Denton County prosecutor Lee Ann Breading said there probably would be a detention hearing today, with a judge determining whether the two suspects should be held in jail, released to their parents or placed in another home.


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