A 9-year-old child has recently been charged with murder in connection to a fire that occurred in a mobile home back in April. The fire claimed the lives of five people, ranging from the ages of 1 to 69-years-old.

According to ABC News, the Woodford County State’s Attorney Office said that the child has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson. The child was accused of intentionally setting the fire, with knowledge of people being in the home.

The office did not say if there was a known connection between the suspect and the victims.

Woodford County State’s Attorney Greg Minger said, “It was a heavy decision. It’s a tragedy, but at the end of the day, it’s charging a very young person with one of the most serious crimes we have. I just think it needs to be done at this point, for finality.”

The unidentified child will not face incarceration, but if convicted will likely undergo mandatory therapy, psychological evaluation, and counseling.

The April fire claimed the lives of Kathryn Murray, 69; Jason Wall, 34; Rose Alwood, 2; Daemeon Wall, 2; and Ariel Wall, 1. Thankfully, two others were able to escape from the home.


Roommates, what are your thoughts?


Source: https://abcnews.go.com/US/year-charged-counts-murder-illinois-house-fire/story?id=66141317