Tuesday, July 14, 2009

14-year-old Edgar Concepcion Jr Charged with Murder

Police received a call about a young child falling at a Charles City home last Friday. Not long afterward, three-year-old Krystel Banes died. Now autopsy results are offering answers, and leading to more questions.

"The cause of the death has been determined to be asphyxia, and the manner of the death, a homicide," said Police Chief Mike Wendel.

Wendel is not saying how the toddler stopped breathing, or how falling relates to her death.

On Saturday, they arrested a teenage boy who lives at the Charles City home where Krystel was found.

Monday morning, he was charged with two Class A Felonies, "14 year old Edgar Concepcion Junior is charged in juvenille court with first degree sexual abuse, and first degree murder."

The police chief isn't offering anymore information on the sexual abuse charges, and prosecutors aren't saying if they plan to try Concepcion as an adult. That will be determined at his next hearing, scheduled for the end of the month.

In the meantime, Krystel's family is planning her funeral, and trying to come to terms with their daughter's death.

"The family at this time is requesting that the media, and the public recognize that they are grieving the loss of their daughter, and are requesting sensitivity and some time and privacy," said Banes family advocate BJ Franklin.

Franklin said the Horizon Survivor Program she works through is not setting up a support group for Concepcion's family. At least one parent is asking for someone to provide counseling for the teen's friends.

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