BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they’re working with Child Protective Services after three boys allegedly raped two younger boys in Battle Creek.
The investigation started June 12, when police were called to a fire involving a small garage or shed at a vacant home on S. Wabash Avenue near Capital Avenue.
Officers say interviews led them to three boys, ages 11, 12 and 13, who first told officers they accidentally dropped a marijuana cigarette on a mattress. The boys told police they threw what they thought was water onto the mattress to put out the flames, but it turned out to be gasoline.
Investigators now think the boys may have set the mattress on fire to destroy evidence, but they may not have been successful.
“Even after a fire, evidence can be recovered,” said Detective Sgt. Todd Elliott during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
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