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13-year-old male arrested after 12-year-old girl's death

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JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI -

(Press Release from the Circuit Court of Jasper County Juvenile Division)

There was an incident which occurred on 10/08/2015 in Jasper County involving the shooting of a 12 year old girl.  A petition was filed in the Jasper County Juvenile Court on 10/09/2015 alleging a juvenile committed an act which, if committed by an adult would constitute the Class C Felony of Attempted Arson in the first degree in Count I; and in Count II committed an act which, if committed by an adult would constitute the Class A Felony of Murder in the second degree; and in Count III committed an act which, if committed by an adult would constitute the Felony of Armed Criminal Action.  On 10/13/2015, a detention hearing was held.   The juvenile was ordered to be held in detention until further order of the Court.  

At this time, no hearings have been set.  Since the investigation is ongoing, there will be no further comments made by this office at this time.

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Whitney Davis says she's shocked.  The incident happened yesterday evening.

"It is a tragedy and it's so close to home.  I mean, it's just right there," says Davis.

Davis lives across the road from where 12-year-old Teresa Potts lived with a 13-year-old boy.

"I'm pretty sure he did have some anger issues.  There have been some incidents before where they have had cop cars over there.  Obviously, they don't come over here and tell us what's going on.  But we have heard that stuff.  I think some of the teachers at the school have noticed that, as well," says Davis.

Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser says the boy intentionally shot Potts in the front yard of the children's home.  Kaiser says the victim's father called 911, and when deputies arrived, the father was doing CPR on Potts.

But the effort wasn't enough, and Potts was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Deputies are professionals, they know that they have a job to do.  And their feelings or their sadness about working a case like this has to be put on the back burner, because they have a job to do.  They see the worst that the world has to present," says Kaiser.

Shortly before deputies arrived on scene, the 13-year-old boy fled into nearby woods.  Kaiser says deputies later found the boy, and the gun police say was used in the crime was also later found at a different location.  The sheriff won't say how the boy got the gun.  

Kaiser says there were other weapons at the home that were missing when deputies arrived.  Those weapons, which police say were not used in the crime, were also later found.  Kaiser says it doesn't appear the mom and dad were negligent with the firearms.

"I'm not going to comment on any of that, because that's part of the ongoing thing (investigation).  But that's really the not direction that it's going," says Kaiser.

Kaiser says the location of the crime is a known foster home, but won't say if the two children involved were related or foster kids.

"It's very sad.  She's so young," says Davis.

The sheriff says his deputies have been called out to the home before, responding to incidents involving juveniles.

The 13-year-old boy has been taken to the Jasper County Juvenile Office.  The sheriff says it's too early to decide whether they will seek adult or juvenile charges.  An autopsy has been scheduled on the girl's body.  The Jasper School District is offering counseling for teachers and students.

This is the second recent tragedy for the Jasper School District.  The superintendent says about a month ago, a second grade Jasper School District student was killed in a car accident near Wichita, KS.

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