Mini-Murderer? 10-Year-Old Charged with Killing 90-Year-Old Woman

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DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, Penn. — A 10-year-old boy has been charged as an adult for the death of a 90-year-old woman. According to WNEP, Tristen Kurilla had a dispute with Helen Novak October 11 while visiting his grandfather, Anthony Virbitsky, a caretaker for Novak.

According to a police affidavit, Kurilla told investigators he got mad when Novak yelled at him and he put a cane against her throat, pushing it up against her throat for 4-5 seconds; he also admits to using his fist to strike the woman five times in the throat and five times in the abdomen.

Kurilla’s mother, Martha Virbitsky, went to police the same day and reported her son had confessed to her that he had killed Novak. Kurilla reportedly told his mother he went into Novak’s room and asked her a question and he got mad when Novak yelled at him to get out. Kurilla, who turned 10 in July, told his mother that is when he grabbed a cane, put it around Novak’s throat, pulled her down on the bed and held the cane to her throat before punching her repeatedly.

The strikes are said to have caused severe hemorrhaging and swelling, resulting in Novak’s death. Her death has been ruled a homicide; the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office has charged Kurilla as an adult.

Kurilla is currently in the Wayne County Correctional Facility with no bail set.