10-year-old boy charged with homicide in 90-year-old woman’s death

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DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, Penn. – A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been charged with homicide after police say he confessed to beating a 90-year-old woman to death.

According to WNEP, Tristen Kurilla, 10, of Damascus Township was visiting his grandfather last Saturday when Helen Novak, 90, yelled at him during a dispute.

According to an affidavit, the 10-year-old boy told police he put a cane around Novak’s throat and punched her numerous times.

The 10-year-old boy’s grandfather was Novak’s caretaker.

Kurilla will be charged as an adult in her homicide, according to the Wayne County District Attorney’s office.

The boy is being held in the Wayne County Correctional Facility without bond.

Source: WNEP

63 comments

  • claudia21869

    This kid probably never got a good spanking in his life. “A good talking to” sometimes isn’t enough. Children have no fear of consequences because the parents aren’t allowed to punish them without being accused of abuse.

    • pam

      I so agree with that now if you punish your kids u get them taken or thy strip your rights away from u . U cant raise your kids any more

      • Winston

        You act like the only way to raise a kid is by hitting them. My girlfriend was never grounded, spanked or anything and she’s one of the most responsible people I know, with a great head on her shoulders. Children mimic what adults do to them and it becomes a habit. This kid was probably hit too much by his parents

  • liz

    Even if he isn’t charged as an adult and does time. His life is never going to be “normal.” The violence he is going to see and experience in Julie/jail will mess him up mentally. Poor family of the woman as well as the boy.

    • Elser PilotCar

      Life without parole OR death penalty. If he has the mentality to kill someone in that way at his age, then when he is older his mentality would almost certainly be worse. Keep him out of the public for life or take his life as he took hers.

  • Jeff

    Why has nobody commented on what the 90 year old woman’s family must be going through? Nobody deserves to die such a horrific death no matter what the circumstances. What if it was your mother or grandmother? Would you still feel the same?

  • Sandy Leggins

    I don’t think he should be punished. Like BM said yes he should be punished but not tried as an adult. In most states a child is not of sound mind to make decisions of their own till they are 12. Like with child custody a child can not speak for themselves because they are not considered mature enough to make that decision. A ten year may know right from wrong but still learning to make rash decisions. He is only ten if he is tried as an adult then he will remain in the system for the rest of his life because it will never disappear off his record. He will never be able to get a job which leads to more crime. You ever heard of second chances. He probably didn’t realize what he was doing would kill her, she had a caretaker which meant she was more fragile and probably didn’t take much. He should not be tried as an adult by no means but should get a substantial punishment. Know one said let him off Scott free.

    • Bob

      Anyone who kills a 90-year old woman deserves to have it on his record until the day he dies. The confessed killer just got a wake up call.

  • Norman Spencer

    There is no answer from the serpentbird as to the reason of aggression took place. So my answer to you is to leave it alone. And maybe after his detention and extensive counsel they can let him go after twenty years of incarceration.

  • olivia

    He is 10 not 2 he is old enough to know that murdering a poor old lady who took time out of the last little bit of her life to care for him is just sick and wrong hell when i was 6 i knew murder was wrong he knew what he was doing kids these days are getting out of control he wants to act like an adult and beat his own grandma someone who took time out of her life to be the mother figure to him then he can face the consequences more like poor defenceless elder and sick disrespectful twisted kid

    • Winston

      You clearly did not read this article. She was not his grandmother and she was yelling at him about something. His grandfather took care of her she had no part in caring for this child.

  • Amber

    Listen I can see why people are saying what they are….there’s something seriously wrong with this boy! And being charged as an adult. .Idk about all that especially if there’s something wrong I know from experience..after my uncle died me and my aunt had a very uncontrollable little boy…and the cops literally told us to find away to get him help…maybe there was signs and everyone ignored them or was to blind to see…but that’s just my opinion

  • robin m

    I dont understand what the little boy did what he did. But he need lots of help. He has a long life and I pray he can get the help he needs and one day live a life. A know wgat he did was completely wrong, but also he must hace deep problems. For such a young kid. Its said

  • aim

    I understand that he is only 10 but he beat a woman to death he didn’t accidentally shoot someone or get in a fight with a kid at a playground this was a defenseless old lady who he beat.. Yes he may have psychological problems but almost anyone who can take someone else’s life for no reason obviously has problems.. And they do not deserve to live a free life…yes you are more mature at 18 but if you don’t know by 10 that murdering and beating people is wrong then there’s almost no hope for youand for the people that want to blame his parents we have heard nothing about what kind of parents they are and sometimes people are just sociopaths

  • Ernest Ivy

    2 of the purposes of the PTA are “being into closer relations with the home and the school, so that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the cooperation of children and youth, and “to develop united efforts between educators and the general public that will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education (www.ptakit.org). That 10 year old kid has to be tried, but not as an adult; he is a kid who had no parents around, no help from any PTA, and his grandparents was too old and ill prepared to take care of him. We as adults have to step up and help these young kids by forming PTA’s at schools so these young kids can get the help they need. We have to stop pointing at these kids and saying “you knew what you was doing and will be tried as an adult.” Why don’t we look at ourselves first and say “what can I do to help our young kids out in the future?” I mean, if you think about it…no one in life succeeds without the help of other people…let’s not forget where we came from.

  • Talia

    Good!!! Lock him up and throw away the key. There goes a future serial killer caught before he can murder more. I have no pity for him.

    • heidi

      He is 10. What were you doing at 10? Were you impulsive or where you emotional maybe both? This child didn’t wake up with the plan to kill someone in his head. Your can go with the popular response that he was bullied or beatin at home or he played violent video games. What ever the reason is he is being charged as an adult with a sentence of 25-life at 10 years old he will be locked away in a facility where he will fight for everything and have a strict schedule to follow. Upon release If that happens he won’t know how to live in society. In theory it’s great lock them up and threw away the key. But for a 10 year old kid. Where is your heart? Where is your compassion?

      • Bob

        I can’t speak for Talia, but I certainly wasn’t busy killing people when I was 10 Heidi. My co9mpassion is for the victim and her family and certainly not for the confessed killer. Yes the killer will have a strict schedule he will have to follow. There’s a problem with that?

  • heidi

    He is 10. What were you doing at 10? Were you impulsive or where you emotional maybe both? This child didn’t wake up with the plan to kill someone in his head. Your can go with the popular response that he was bullied or beatin at home or he played violent video games. What ever the reason is he is being charged as an adult with a sentence of 25-life at 10 years old he will be locked away in a facility where he will fight for everything and have a strict schedule to follow. Upon release If that happens he won’t know how to live in society. In theory it’s great lock them up and threw away the key. But for a 10 year old kid. Where is your heart? Where is your compassion?

  • Gina

    This child obviously needs to be locked away from others but not in an adult prison He needs counseling. I agree that if he had been disciplined or had a better home life he probably would not have been in this situation.

  • Missy

    Here’s an idea, anyone who thinks he’s just 10, a child? The systems & public are to harsh? Go get the little misunderstood guy & take him home with you. Kiss your pets goodbye, money says he’s killed his share of animals! At 3 my nephew knows how he can & can not speak to adults, much less raise his hand to us! By 10? If you think it’s ok to hit an adult, much less a 90 year old woman? You’re already to far gone. I don’t care WHAT she said to him! Now, those people that think the system, public & myself are horrible? I bet you wouldn’t have the little physco in your home! He’s getting what he needs! I’m sorry for the lady & all that loved her.

  • chem. e

    Good to know the United States citizens are still brain dead and backwards. Charging 10 year olds as adults, regardless of the crime… A child is NOT mini adult. Their brain development across the board is immature. Children are prone to irrational outburst, sometimes violent. This is an extreme case of that. Juvenile laws are sufficient enough to keep this child out of society a few decades, with counseling which is clearly needed. I’m no psychologist but I am educated with B.S in Chemical Engineering. American’s lack critical thinking skills and winder why they fall behind the rest of the world in education.

  • Kat

    Look I’m a mother of 6 kids from the ages of 3-14 The older ones being 7,8,9,12, and 14 and I can tell you right now that my older kids even my 7 year old knows how wrong hitting someone is. Let alone beating them to death. There is something seriously wrong with that child and I for one and glad that he will be off the street before he can hurt anyone else. I’m sorry to say this but not everyone is a good person and that goes for kids to. I have no idea how he was raise. All I know is that children yes even 10 year olds have minds of their own and they make their own decisions. It doesn’t matter how they were raise they will find a way. I do not feel sorry for that “child” he is a murderer! I feel sorry for that poor woman and her family.

  • Shannon Clark van Duijvendijk

    This is heartbreaking. Kids don’t get like this on their own or because they haven’t been disciplined correctly. In my opinion this happens because they have witnessed horrible violence or been a victim of violence. I know I don’t know all of the facts because there aren’t many given in this article, but it does seem very harsh to charge him as an adult.

  • Andrew

    Seriously what is wrong with you people? A ten year old kid should not be tried as an adult. Do you really think a ten year old’s “confession” coerced by adult cops is valid? Seriously use your brains people! You are willing to destoy a ten year olds life based on NO evidence except the word of adult cops. Is it not freaking possible (even probable) the 90(!) year old woman died of at least partially natural causes? I say innocent until proven guilty – especially for children who cannot defend themselves! Get the facts before you crucify children! The guy from out of the country was right – Americans have no reasoning skills whatsoever. The real phychopaths are on this forum.

  • Sam

    This child is obviously mentally ill and should be receiving intensive mental health treatment in a lock-down facility, not jail.

  • Leanne Ellis

    I am all for making criminals pay…but at 10 years old their brain isn’t even developed to know the severity of the situation… I don’t know if he should even be tried as a adult… if they think he’s bad and send him into a 25 year sentence…he will only learn in the system how to be a true criminal….although his crime is severe and her family must be horrified i bet if the family asked for lenience he may get a better card …he should have been given community service till he is legal age to learn good and help him to become a better individual …i don’t know just my thoughts but just sad to see a little kid be tried as a adult

  • P Nun

    There was this thing we had when I was a kid, it was called RESPECT! We had it for all elders, parents, all adults, family, friends, teachers …the list goes on. I miss it in Todays World!

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