Sacto 9-1-1
May 11, 2013
Brother of slain 8-year-old arrested in Calaveras County

Calaveras County officials announced tonight that they have arrested the brother of 8-year-old Leila Fowler in connection with the third-grader's stabbing death April 27.

The boy, age 12, had told authorities that while his parents were not at home, he found his sister stabbed. He identified a tall man with gray, long hair as an intruder.

But tonight, Sheriff Gary Kuntz told reporters that the boy was taken into custody at 5:10 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Springs sheriff's substation, according to a live webcast of the announcement.

After a brief statement, Kuntz declined to take questions from reporters.

The girl's slaying occurred in the Rancho Calaveras neighborhood of Valley Springs, a town of about 7,500 people on the western climb into the mountains, about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.

[Press conference video from FOX40:]

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