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Azuree Charles Pennsylvania boy was found strangled behind his home; his parents have been charged with his death.
Azuree Charles was nine years old.
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Four months after a Pennsylvania boy was found strangled behind his home, his parents were charged with his death.
On May 4, Azuree Charles, of New Kensington, was found naked and muddy, his body partially covered by lawn furniture and a foam cooler, according to an arrest report obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other outlets. The report said the boy’s pajamas were hanging in nearby branches.
Now, his father, Jean Charles, 40, is charged with murder, Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli announced at Wednesday’s press conference.
“This horrific tragedy has rocked the New Kensington community,” Ziccarelli said, adding, “The trauma that has affected us all pales in comparison to what Azuree no doubt experienced.”
In addition to murder, Charles is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, unlawful restraint of a minor by a parent, strangulation, concealing the death of a child, and tampering with physical evidence, court records show.
Azuree’s mother, Luella Elien, is charged with aggravated assault of a victim less than 13 years old, child endangerment, and hindering the apprehension or prosecution of another person.
Court records show Charles is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on no bond, and Elien is on a $250,000 bond.
Both suspects are scheduled to have preliminary hearings on October 12. It was not immediately clear whether either suspect retained an attorney.
Azuree’s neighbours told CBS News in May that the child had just beaten pediatric cancer. Neighbor Osie Taylor, who found Azuree’s body, told the outlet, “All he does is ride his bike and play with his sister and for something like this to happen to him, it’s unbelievable.”
According to the criminal complaint against Charles obtained by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a boy who lives near Azuree’s home heard Azuree yell, “No, no, no, I’m sorry,” at about 2:30 a.m. on May 4, the day his body was discovered.
Neighbourhood children told WPXI they often heard yelling from the boy’s home.
In May, community members came together for a vigil to honour Azuree’s life, WTAE reports.
“He was the nicest person I ever met. We like to ride our bikes and we would always play,” 9-year-old Azalynn Lockhart told the station.
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