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Teen suspect strangled and sexually assaulted 10-year-old slain Wisconsin girl, prosecutor says

The 14-year-old boy, identified only by his initials, was held on $1 million cash bond by a judge in Chippewa County.

A 14-year-old boy was held on $1 million cash bond Wednesday in connection with the death of a 10-year-old Wisconsin girl whose body was found Monday.

Iliana "Lily" Peters, 10.
Iliana "Lily" Peters, 10. Chippewa Falls Police Department

The teenage suspect's name was not said during a court hearing Wednesday afternoon before Chippewa County District Judge Benjamin Lane, who ordered attorneys to refer to the suspect only by his initials.Iliana "Lily" Peters, 10, was found Monday morning after she disappeared Sunday, Chippewa Falls police said.

In court Wednesday, county prosecutor Wade Newell said that Lily died a violent death and that the suspect made statements to investigators saying as much.

The teen punched the girl "in the stomach, knocked her to the ground ... hit her with a stick before strangling her to the point of death before then sexually assaulting her," Newell said.

He added, "Given the statements the defendant made to law enforcement, that his intention was to rape and kill the victim from the get-go when he left the house with the victim going down the trail, the state believes there is a need to protect the community."

The boy was at a juvenile detention facility with his attorneys during the hearing, attorneys said. His attorneys requested $100,000 cash bond over video conference.

Lily's father reported her missing after she did not return home from her aunt’s house, Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said at a news conference Monday.

Her bike was found a few blocks away from her aunt’s house, and on Monday morning, her body was discovered in a wooded area.

At a news conference Tuesday announcing an arrest, Kelm said the juvenile suspect was known to the victim. He declined to elaborate.

Kelm said authorities searched a home related to the girl’s death in Chippewa Falls, north of Eau Claire. He declined to provide additional details about the warrant.

More than 200 tips that authorities received about her death were “critical to solving this case,” he said.

If bond is posted, Lane ordered the boy to not have weapons and to stay away from other juveniles who are not his siblings.