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Police say siblings killed 6-year-old Texas boy

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

LEWISVILLE, Texas -- Authorities found the body of a 6-year-old boy buried in a creekbed behind his suburban Dallas home Tuesday and said his 10-year-old brother and 15-year-old sister had confessed to killing him.

Police say the girl led them to the shallow grave of Jackson Carr about six hours after he was reported missing Monday evening. Jackson's brother told their parents the boy disappeared after a game of hide-and-seek, sparking a search by police and neighbors.

Jackson was stabbed in the neck and suffocated, the coroner said in ruling the death a homicide. The grave in heavily wooded terrain is about 100 yards from the family's home.

The siblings were being held at a Denton County detention center on murder charges, police investigator Eddie Barrett said. Formal charges were not immediately filed.

The girl "confessed to killing her brother" and the 10-year-old admitted he held his brother down "during the process of murder," Sgt. Richard Douglas said.

Police would not comment on a possible motive but said evidence was found in the home. The parents, Michael and Rita Carr, are not suspects, Douglas said.

Neighbor Mike Houser, who helped authorities search for the boy, said he hadn't noticed the freshly turned dirt.

"When everybody was searching, we weren't looking for a grave. We were looking for a little boy," Houser said. "I thought he was just lost."


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