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The Latest: Baby, 2 children among victims in family slaying

September 3, 2019

ELKMONT, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the slain family in Alabama (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

A 14-year-old Alabama boy faces murder charges in the slayings of five members of his family, including an infant brother, two other siblings, ages 5 and 6, and his father and stepmother.

Limestone County Sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Young said Tuesday that the teen is being held in a juvenile facility and faces five counts of murder in the juvenile court system.

The adult victims were identified as the suspect’s father, 38-year-old John Sisk, and Mary Sisk, the boy’s 35-year-old stepmother. The dead included a 5-year-old sister and a 6-year-old brother.

Young said the teen called 911 and initially told deputies he was in the basement when he heard gunshots upstairs. Young said the teen confessed to the killings after being confronted about discrepancies in his story.

He later helped investigators find a handgun he had tossed on the side of the road.

All five victims lived at the home.

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6:40 a.m.

Authorities in Alabama say a teenager called 911 about hearing gunshots and then admitted to killing five members of his family.

Limestone County Sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Young tells WAFF-TV that deputies responded to the Elkmont scene early Tuesday morning. He says deputies were called by the 14-year-old, who initially said he was downstairs in the home when he heard gunshots on the home’s upper floor.

Deputies found one adult and two minors dead at the scene. Another adult and minor were hospitalized with critical injuries and later died. Sheriff Mike Blakely says that’s when the teen confessed. He says the teen killed his father, stepmother and siblings. It’s unclear if authorities have a motive for the slayings.

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Information from: WAFF-TV, http://www.waff.com/

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