Boy, 13, ‘smothered his toddler siblings to death because God ordered him to free them from Satan’

Boy, 13, ‘smothered his toddler siblings to death because God ordered him to free them from Satan’

- in Usa News

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy is alleged to have smothered his two infant siblings because he believed God had ordered him to “free them from Satan”.

Prosecutors in Indiana say Nickalas James Kedrowitz, now 15, suffocated his half-sister, 23-month-old Desiree McCartney, and his stepbrother, 11-month-old Nathaniel Ritz, in two separate incidents in 2017.


Desiree McCartney is alleged to have been murdered aged 23 months by half-brother Nickalas James Kedrowitz[/caption]


Kedrowitz’s stepbrother, 11-month-old Nathaniel Ritz, died less than two months after Desiree[/caption]

Court documents say that emergency services were first called to the family home in the town of Osgood on May 1 to attend to Desiree, who was unresponsive.

Stephen Ritz, who was engaged to Desiree’s mother Christina McCartney at the time, had asked Kedrowitz to watch Desiree while he left the room to check on other children in the house.

When he returned, Kedrowitz told him the infant had stopped breathing.

McCartney was just arriving home from work and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Desiree was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on May 6, with an autopsy the following day failing to establish a cause of death.

On July 20, less than two months later, McCartney asked Kedrowitz to take Nathaniel to bed, but moments later he told her that “something is not quite right” and that the baby “ain’t moving”.

Nathaniel’s initial autopsy was similarly inconclusive.


Around a month and a half after Nathaniel’s death, McCartney called Indiana state police to inform them that Kedrowitz had “mutilated a kitten to the point of almost killing it” at his aunt and uncle’s home because it had scratched him.

His aunt and uncle decided to take the kitten somewhere to kill it because it was suffering, and Kedrowitz asked if could go with them to “see the kitten’s brains splatter everywhere,” court documents said.

His aunt later told police that Kedrowitz had been failing classes and fighting at school and that he often didn’t tell the truth, was self-centred, and had been on anti-depressant medication.

In the weeks that followed, Kedrowitz, McCartney, and Ritz all underwent psychological evaluations.

Psychologist Dr. Linda McIntire later told police she believed it was possible that Kedrowitz had killed Desiree and Nathanial.

When questioned by police, Kedrowitz made multiple statements about “freeing his siblings from Satan and Hell” and invoked violent themes involving “large knives and burning fire”, court documents said.

Asked directly if he has caused his sibling’s death, Kedrowitz did not respond.

Two days later, he said he had had a conversation with God about the two infants, and told police he didn’t want them to live in the “hell” that he lived in.

He later told police he had put a blank over Nathaniel’s head and a towel over Desiree’s, court documents said.

In January 2018, amended autopsy results were released giving both Nathaniel and Desiree’s cause of death as asphyxia due to smothering.

Both deaths were ruled homicides.

Kedrowitz was charged as an adult with two counts of murder on September 4, and his trial is due to start on February 18 2020.


Desiree McCartney’s death was initially unexplained, but has now been ruled a homicide[/caption]


Nathaniel Ritz was also found to have been murdered, with his stepbrother due to stand trial next year[/caption]


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