Lily Peters seen 'laughing and playing before being strangled and sexually assaulted by her cousin, 14'

LITTLE Lily Peters was seen laughing and playing hours before allegedly being strangled and sexually assaulted by a 14-year-old – who is reportedly her cousin.

The haunting details were revealed after the district attorney disclosed new information in court on Wednesday, claiming Lily was punched and knocked to the ground before being hit with a stick.

Lily's father reported her missing at 9pm on Sunday after she failed to return home from visiting her aunt, who police said lives about four blocks away.

Overnight, officials located Lily's bike on a hiking trail behind her aunt's home.

Jeremy Machnik, who lives on Grove Street near Lily's aunt's home, told Fox 9 he saw the child laughing and rollerblading between 1pm and 3pm – just hours before she was reported missing.

The young girl's body was located in a wooded area near the Duncan Creek Trail in Wisconsin at about 9.15am Monday.

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Now, a 14-year-old boy, who's named as C. P-B, has been arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted and strangled Lily to death.

Fox News and both reported the suspect is her cousin – but this has not been confirmed by officials.

On Wednesday, District Attorney Wade Newell revealed in court that the suspect's "intention was to rape and kill the victim from the get-go when he left the house with the victim going down the trail."

Newell alleged that the 14-year-old, who is an eighth-grader, punched and knocked Lily to the ground before hitting her with a stick. He then allegedly strangled her to death and sexually assaulted her.

The teen is charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide, 1st-degree sexual assault, and 1st-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, resulting in great bodily harm.

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Judge Ben Lane was quoted as saying: "This was a serious threat to the community, so the court is concerned this could be a further threat if released."

A $1million cash bond was ordered, along with conditions of no contact with juveniles or possession of dangerous weapons.


On Tuesday, Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matt Kelm acknowledged that the suspect "wasn't a stranger" to Lily, telling reporters that the Peters family was aware of the bombshell arrest.

Web sleuths have claimed that the suspect is Lily's cousin, but the DA declined to comment on the speculation, telling The US Sun, "We can't get into details about the case."

Chief Kelm would also not confirm the reports that the suspect was Lily’s cousin.

The arrest warrant was executed at Lily’s aunt’s home, and the suspect's initials were mentioned in court documents as CP-B.

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The suspect is being prosecuted in adult court for now, but Newell said his defense team is allowed to make a request for the case to be transferred to juvenile court.

He is being held at a juvenile detention center, and another hearing was scheduled for 3.30pm on Thursday, May 5.

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