A 15-year-old boy in West Point, Utah, is being held in a juvenile detention center under suspicion that he killed his two siblings, ABC 4 Utah reports.
Last night, the victims’ unidentified mother came home to find her four-year-old son dead and did not know the whereabouts of her other two sons.
Davis County sheriff deputies later discovered the woman’s ten-year-old son dead inside the home as well, apparently "from a knife like wound."
According to Sheriff Todd Richardson, a third, 15-year-old son attempted to flee from the home, only to be captured shortly after midnight by police.
The suspect was found with traces of blood on him, the AP reported.
While authorities publicized the suspect’s name during their search for him, media outlets are withholding his identity because he is a minor.
"He spoke bluntly with our investigators," Richardson said.
The 15-year-old will not be formally charged until local authorities can gather more information about both the suspect and the murder victims.
"There are more questions than answers at this point," he said. "This teen in custody has a presumption of innocence. Facts are being gathered."
Local officials described the 15-year-old as a honor student and member of his school’s track team, while neighbors claimed that he was socially awkward.
The afflicted family has six children, four of which are adopted. Their father, believed to be a Department of Defense engineer, was away in Alabama at the time.
The 15-year-old now in custody was left alone with his two adopted brothers while their mother took the rest of her children to a dance recital.
When she returned, she discovered her child’s body and called the police.