Teen could face charges of attempted murder, rape

Staff writerJuly 13, 2013 

He grabbed her throat and squeezed until she stopped kicking and gasping for air, the teen said, “so she couldn’t tell anyone.”

Now a 14-year-old Puyallup boy suspected of dragging a 7-year-old girl into the woods, trying to rape her and then choking her unconscious is in Pierce County’s Remann Hall juvenile detention center, facing a possible charge of attempted murder, among others.

Court Commissioner Craig Adams on Friday ordered the boy detained until Tuesday, when prosecutors intend to formally charge him. Charges under consideration include attempted second-degree murder, first-degree child rape and first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation, court records show.

The boy was arrested early Thursday at an apartment in the 700 block of 43rd Avenue Southwest, the same complex that was the scene of a desperate search for the girl the night before. She remains hospitalized after surgery to repair some of her injuries, court records say.

The teen appeared in juvenile court for a brief hearing Friday, looking tired and dazed. His mother also attended but left court without speaking to reporters.

The Olympian is not publishing the boy’s name because he’s being prosecuted as a juvenile.

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