BATTLE CREEK (AP) — Authorities say three boys ages 11 to 13 are charged with sexually assaulting two younger boys at a southern Michigan garage that police suspect was burned to destroy evidence.
The suspects are being held at the Calhoun County Juvenile Home on juvenile first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges. They’re accused of repeatedly assaulting the 6- and 8-year-olds in Battle Creek.READ MORE: MDOT Announces Ongoing Construction For I-75
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports investigators said there may be more victims, possibly even younger.READ MORE: Lions Release LB Christian Jones, Re-Sign DB Mike Ford
WOOD-TV reports the younger boys told their mother about the assaults June 12, the day of the fire.MORE NEWS: Smokin' Joe Frazier Celebrated With Statue, Mural In Philly
WWMT-TV reports the suspects told officers the fire started accidentally while they were smoking marijuana and dropped a cigarette on a mattress. Police Chief Jim Blocker said investigators think the fire was set intentionally in a cover-up attempt.