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Mental health probed in Texas boy accused of slaying sibling

May 7, 2019

CONROE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a 12-year-old Texas boy accused of fatally shooting his 10-year-old brother will undergo a mental health evaluation.

The boy, who has been charged with murder, appeared in court Monday. He can’t be tried as an adult because of his age.

Authorities have said the 10-year-old was fatally shot in the chest Saturday afternoon at a home in Conroe, located north of Houston.

Marc Brumberger of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office tells the Houston Chronicle that preliminary findings indicate the shooting was intentional because the 12-year-old was mad at his brother.

Brumberger says they’re looking at the 12-year-old’s background and family situation, adding developmental issues may also be a factor. He says the focus presumably will “be more on getting this child mental health treatment in a secure facility.”

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com