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$1M bond issued for teen accused of killing Wisconsin girl

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-27 15:57:59-04

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — A judge has set a $1 million cash bond for a 14-year-old boy who a prosecutor says fatally strangled and then sexually assaulted a 10-year-old western Wisconsin girl.

The boy, who authorities say was known to the victim, Illiana “Lily” Peters, appeared in adult court in Chippewa County by video from a juvenile detention center and was identified only by his initials.

Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said the defendant punched the girl, knocked her to the ground, hit her with a stick and strangled her before sexually assaulting her. The defense had argued for $100,000 cash bond.

According to Chippewa Police Chief Kelm, authorities received more than 200 tips prior to the arrest.

Kelm says officers executed a search warrant at an address in the block where Lily had gone to visit her aunt on Sunday, when she went missing.

Her father called the police about 9 p.m. Sunday after she failed to return home from a visit to her aunt’s house, just blocks away. Her body was found Monday morning near a walking trail in Chippewa Falls.

This story was originally reported by TMJ4 and The Associated Press.