Wisconsin police launched a homicide investigation into a 14-year-old boy after discovering the body of a 10-year-old girl near a walking trail Monday. Police arrested a juvenile suspect who knew Lily Peters, USA Today reports. The arrested teen appeared by video in court Wednesday where a judge ordered him held on $1 million bail. Prosecutors alleged on Wednesday the teen followed Peters out of her aunt's home Sunday night in Chippewa Falls, then strangled and sexually assaulted her on a walking trail, where her body was found the next morning.
Police Chief Matthew Kelm said there was no longer any danger to the public. Peters was a fourth-grader at Parkview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls. Lily’s father reported her missing 9 p.m. Sunday after the girl did not return home from a visit to her aunt’s house a quarter mile away. District Attorney Wade Newell said : the boy hit her in the stomach, knocked her to the ground and strangled her before hitting her with a stick, then, "strangling her to the point of death before he then sexually assaulted her." "The suspect was not a stranger," Kelm said. "The suspect was known to the victim."