UPDATED as of 1:05 p.m.: Prosecutors have charged the boy with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree rape, first-degree child rape and first-degree kidnapping.
He initially told police the girl got a bloody nose in the woods and he left her there, according to charging papers. He later confessed that he asked her to go into the woods with him to look at a bird’s nest.
The boy admitted to strangling the girl until she passed out but denied sexually assaulting her, court records show. He told police he dragged her further into the woods so nobody could hear her.
After seeing the girl’s injuries, the boy realized he “had to get rid of her so she couldn’t tell anyone,” according to court records.
INITIAL POST: A 14-year-old Puyallup boy accused of beating, strangling and sexually assaulting a 7-year-old neighbor girl may be tried as an adult when he is charged later today, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.
The boy will appear in court this afternoon.
If convicted as an adult, the boy faces more than 30 years in prison. If convicted as a juvenile, he faces a maximum sentence of 6 1/2 years.
He is accused of luring a 7-year-old girl away from a group of children she was playing with and into the woods, where he allegedly attacked her. The incident took place at the Glenbrooke apartment complex in the 700 block of 43rd Avenue Southeast, where they both lived.
The girl’s family began looking for her about 6 p.m. Wednesday and called police two hours later. A bloodhound led officers to the little girl shortly after midnight once a searcher found a tennis shoe on the edge of the wooded area.
Police said the girl was seriously injured but was able to provide information about her attacker. The 14-year-old boy was arrested hours later after police served a search warrant at his apartment.
The girl’s condition has improved to satisfactory but she remains at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. She underwent throat surgery.