MEXICO CITY, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has confirmed a 14-year-old boy accused of ruthlessly killing people for a Mexican drug cartel is a U.S. citizen.
State Department spokeswoman Gini Staub did not provide information beyond confirming the citizenship of the boy identified by media as Edgar Lugo, CNN reported Tuesday.
"We have confirmed the boy's U.S. citizenship but can't say anything more about the boy's situation in the absence of a (provisional arrest warrant) signed by at least one of the parents," Staub said.
Once his citizenship is confirmed, Staub said earlier, the boy would be accorded "all appropriate consular assistance, just like we would for any U.S. citizen arrested and incarcerated overseas," including prison visits, information on local attorneys and welfare checks.
Lugo was arrested Thursday in the Mexican state of Morelos while waiting to board a flight to Tijuana.
The youth claims he was kidnapped when he was 11 and forced into violence by the South Pacific Cartel. Authorities alleged the boy, born in San Diego, was on the first leg of a trip back to the United States.
Local media quoted the teenager describing his duties.
"I've killed four people by chopping off their heads," the boy reportedly said. "I just cut off their heads -- I never went and hung the bodies from bridges or anything like that."
He said he had to work for the drug cartel boss or "he'll kill me."