EUGENE, Ore. - A 12-year-old boy faced arraignment Friday on charges of murder and burglary in connection with the death Monday of a 92-year-old Creswell woman.
Law enforcement took the pre-teen into custody Thursday morning.
Authorities responding to a report of an injured woman found Erma Burnell dead at her Creswell home just after noon on January 7.
The youth has been charged with murder and burglary. A trial date has not yet been set.
At Friday's arraignment, the boy's mother spoke in the courtroom and said she knew of the boy's mental issues for years.
Due to the suspect’s age, his identity is not being released at this time.
He is being held at the county juvenile detention facility.
Under Oregon law, people 15 or older charged with murder are automatically tried as adults.
The process is different for suspects under the age of 15. The case can be handled in juvenile court or transferred to adult court, depending on the circumstances.
The boy has a court-appointed social worker and attorney to help him understand the process.
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