Indianapolis teen charged with 6 counts of murder for slaying of his family

Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Indiana announced Thursday they charged a 17-year-old with six counts of murder for the shooting deaths of his family members.

Police arrested Raymond Childs III after the shooting in Indianapolis on Sunday.


Among the victims were the suspect's parents, Kezzie Childs and Raymond Childs, both 42; his brother, Elijah Childs, 18; his sister, Rita Childs, 13; and his brother's girlfriend, 19-year-old Kiara Hawkins, and her unborn child.

Childs also faces one count of attempted murder for shooting and injuring another brother, 15, and a weapons charge, according tot he Marion County prosecutor's office.

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Because Childs is 17 years old, he's not eligible to receive the death penalty, though he's being charged as an adult. He faces life imprisonment.

"We intend to seek justice for the victims, and to do so in a way that respects the circumstances present int his case," Marion County prosecutor Ryan Mears said during a news conference announcing the charges.

He said the shooting may have been the result of an argument between Childs and his father after the teen stayed out late without permission.

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The unnamed 15-year-old said he attempted to escape the house after the shooting began and Childs chased after him, shooting him in the leg and arm. He's expected to survive his injuries.


Mears said Hawkins was due to deliver her baby boy in about a week.

"The first thing that goes through your mind is you're just heartbroken," he said during a news conference. "Not only did so many people lose their lives, but you think about that family and what they were anticipating and the baby was due in a week."

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