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.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports investigators said there may be more victims, possibly even younger.
WOOD-TV reports the younger boys told their mother about the assaults June 12, the day of the fire.
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.