Sylvie Claire / May 1, 2022
The facts date back to last Sunday. Lily was last seen by family members. She was supposed to ride home from her aunt’s house when she disappeared. Lily’s father called the police later that night and officers discovered her bike in a wooded area near a walking trail. That’s where her lifeless body was found.
Preliminary autopsy results from the Chippewa County Medical Examiner indicate that his death was the result of strangulation and blunt force trauma. No other details were released.
The suspect, identified only as C.P-B. is 14 years old. He resides with his mother and knew Lily Peters, according to the Chippewa Falls police chief.
He faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, resulting in great bodily harm, District Attorney Wade Newell said.
The defendant – who was arrested Tuesday – told law enforcement that his intent was to rape and kill the victim from the start when they walked down the wooded path where her body was found Monday, the prosecutor told a hearing. The prosecutor also explained that the defendant had also told law enforcement that he punched the victim in the stomach, throwing her to the ground, choked her, hit her with a stick, before choking her to death, before sexually assaulting her.
To protect the community and ensure that the defendant does not flee, a bail of $1 million in cash was set by the judge, with the condition that he have no contact with other minors and no dangerous weapons.
It is premature to make decisions about whether the case will remain in adult court. In Wisconsin, first-degree intentional homicide, which is the first count in the criminal complaint, begins in adult court.