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10-Year-Old Boy Charged with Homicide of 90-Year-Old Woman

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — State police charged a 10-year-old boy with criminal homicide on Monday. Troopers told Newswatch 16 the child’s mother is the on...

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP -- State police charged a 10-year-old boy with criminal homicide on Monday.

Troopers told Newswatch 16 the child's mother is the one who told police about what her son had done.  When authorities interviewed him, the boy described how it happened on Saturday.

Police said Tristin Kurilla, 10, of Damascus Township was visiting his grandfather on Saturday at his home on Skylake Road in Tyler Hill.

Investigators said Kurilla went into the room of Helen Novak, 90, and after some kind of dispute, Kurilla punched Novak multiple times in the throat.

The boy's grandfather was a caretaker for Novak, according to police.

According to an affidavit, Kurilla told police Novak yelled at him and he got mad, put a cane around her throat, and punched her numerous times.

An autopsy was performed on Novak on Monday, and her death was ruled a homicide.

The Wayne County District Attorney's office said Kurilla will be charged as an adult.

Kurilla remains in custody at the Wayne County Correctional Facility. No bail has been set.