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Boy Allegedly Killed by Siblings

April 16, 2002

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LEWISVILLE, Texas (AP) _ The body of a 6-year-old boy was found buried in mud early Tuesday with a puncture wound to the neck, and his brother and sister confessed to his killing, authorities said.

Jackson Carr’s 15-year-old sister led police to the shallow grave in a wooded area after hours of searching, police said. She and her 10-year-old brother were charged with murder and were being held at a juvenile detention center.

Sgt. Richard Douglas said the 10-year-old confessed to holding his brother down during the killing.

The 6-year-old’s body was found about 100 feet from his family’s home. Police were still investigating the cause of death and motive.

The boy was reported missing Monday evening after his brother told their parents he could not find him after a game of hide-and-seek.

Mike Houser, a neighbor who helped authorities search for the boy, said he had walked by the site where the boy was later uncovered and didn’t notice the freshly turned dirt.

``When everybody was searching, we weren’t looking for a grave, we were looking for a little boy,″ Houser said. ``I thought he was just lost.″

Houser said the family had lived in the rural subdivision in the suburb north of Dallas for about four months.

Neighbors said the children regularly played in the creek bed behind the home. A red tent that the children used as a fort was still standing near the loose red dirt where the body had been uncovered. Homicide investigators’ plastic gloves were left on the dirt.

At the Lewisville school where Jackson was in the first grade, counselors were on hand to help students cope with the tragedy.

``We’re hoping to concentrate more on the school and helping the children that are still here to deal with this tragedy that has occurred,″ said Margaret Gurecky, a Lewisville schools spokeswoman.

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