Juvenile Charged with Murder of Clearfield County 12-year-old

CLEARFIELD, Pa. — On April 28, 2024, at 1929 hours, the Pennsylvania State Police in DuBois received a transfer call from the Clearfield County 911 Center. It was reported a shooting had occurred at a residence on Bearfield Road, Brady Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, and that a twelve (12) year old female victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Upon arrival, members of PSP DuBois, Brady Township Volunteer Fire Rescue and Ambulance Company, Amserv Limited DuSan Ambulance, and STAT MedEvac confirmed the victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Medical aid was immediately administered on scene in an attempt to stabilize the victim.

The victim was then transported by the Brady Township Volunteer Fire Rescue and Ambulance Company to Penn Highlands DuBois Hospital for treatment. The victim was later flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

On May 1, 2024, at 0828 hours the victim was pronounced deceased by the attending physician at Children’s Hospital and the cause of death is preliminarily being ruled as blunt force trauma to the head as a result of a gunshot wound.

Based upon the on-going investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and in consultation with District Attorney Ryan P. Sayers, a fourteen (14) year old male has been charged as an adult with the following counts:

One (1) Count: Murder of the 3rd Degree
One (1) Count: Involuntary Manslaughter
Two (2) Counts: Aggravated Assault
One (1) Count: Recklessly Endangering Another Person

“This is a heartbreaking and tragic shooting that occurred on Sunday evening in Brady Township,” said DA Sayers. “In the interest of justice, the difficult decision was made to charge this juvenile as an adult, instead of remaining in the juvenile system. “I would also like to commend all of the Troopers with the State Police for their hard work, quick response, and thorough investigation in regard to this matter.”

The Pennsylvania State Police are being assisted in the investigation by the Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office, Clearfield County Juvenile Probation, and the offices of Clearfield and Jefferson County Children and Youth Services.

Any questions regarding this incident can· be forwarded to Troop C Community Service Officer Trooper Vaughn Norbert at PSP Punxsutawney (814) 938-0510 or Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan P. Sayers at (814) 765-2641 ext. 5017.

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