Teenager Charged With Raping and Killing Sister

September 4, 2007

A Spotsylvania County teenager has been charged with raping and killing his older sister and attacking his two-year-old cousin.

Sheriff Howard Smith says the 16-year-old boy told deputies that he went to his sister's bedroom early Monday and hit her with a sledgehammer. Smith says the victim, 22-year-old Betsy Mary Smith, was babysitting her two cousins, a two-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy.

Officials say the teenager, told deputies that the little girl began crying, so he hit her with a sledgehammer, then raped his older sister and locked the two children in the bedroom with her.

The 22-year-old was found dead there last night. Police say she had been stabbed and beaten with a sledgehammer. The little girl suffered a fractured skull and a broken nose. The one-year-old boy was not hurt.

The sheriff says investigators have not determined a motive. The boy is charged with first degree murder, rape and malicious wounding. He's being held in the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center.

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