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Teenager Admits Killing Stepbrother, Stepsister in Bolivia

LA PAZ -- A 13-year-old boy in the Bolivian city of El Alto confessed to murdering his stepsister, 13, and his 4-year-old stepbrother in a fit of rage because of the preferential treatment the victims got from the parents, officials said Friday.

The crime occurred Wednesday when the bodies of a 13-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother were found by police in a vacant lot in El Alto, one of South America's most poverty-stricken cities, located near La Paz.

The girl named Yoselin was stabbed in the heart and liver, while the boy Josue was first strangled with a rope and then drowned in a bucket of water by his half-brother who, police said, confessed to the crime and attributed it to a fit of rage.

According to Col. Ramiro Cossio, chief of the Special Force for the War on Crime in El Alto, the teen said that his anger exploded when he arrived home and found that his stepmother had only left food for her two biological children.

Living in the same house is a little girl, 8, sister of the teenaged boy, who supposedly was also given nothing to eat, and whom her brother sent outside so as not to see the crime being committed.

According to police, the adolescent killer with the help of a 10-year-old cousin cleaned the house of blood, stuffed the bodies in sacks and took them in a wheelbarrow fifteen blocks away to a vacant lot, and then dismantled the knife used in the stabbing.

The daily La Razon said that when police asked why he tried to destroy the evidence, the teenager said: "That's what they show on television, you have to keep them from finding anything."

The minor is temporarily confined to a rehabilitation center for young people while the court defines his legal situation, since in Bolivia only those over 16 years of age are subject to criminal charges. EFE
 

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