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Investigators suspect teen stabbed child to death

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ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A Louisiana subdivision is reeling after the brutal murder of an 8-year-old boy Thursday afternoon. A teenage boy was taken into custody in connection with the crime.

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel said a 16-year-old walked up to a carpenter in the Bluffs subdivision and told him to call 911 because he had stabbed a child.

The subdivision is located northeast of St. Francisville. Daniel said the crime was particularly disturbing.

"I was shocked at what I saw down there," he said. "It was just a terrible scene."

Ken Roark, who lives about 100 yards from the scene, had just returned to his home on a quiet cul-de-sac that accesses The Bluffs bike and walking trail.

"You wonder what brought something like this on," said Roark. "From what I understand, the kid was a good student and didn't even know the kid that he had killed and then he goes and confesses and turns himself in."

Neighbors at the scene said the 16-year-old lived in the nearby subdivision.

Daniel added if the district attorney's office decides to try the suspect as an adult, then his name will be released to the public.

Authorities said the victim was biking with his mother.

They reportedly drove over from their home in Clinton.

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