NEW CARLISLE, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder and child molestation in the asphyxiation death of a 6-year-old girl in northern Indiana. The South Bend Tribune reports that St. Joseph County prosecutors filed a petition for delinquency in juvenile court Monday against the teenager. Investigators say Grace Ross was found dead March 12 in New Carlisle, about 75 miles east of Chicago, about two hours after she was reported missing.

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A teenager who was 13 years old when accused of killing an 18-year-old in northern Indiana has been convicted of murder. Elkhart County Judge Michael Christofeno delivered the verdict Wednesday, about three months after holding a bench trial. Alphonso James is now 16. He was 13 years old in 2018 when he was accused of repeatedly shooting Jaren Minies in a dispute over a gun, money and a video game system. The prosecutor chose to charge James as an adult. James testified in September, telling the judge that it was a case of self-defense.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office says a 16-year-old died following gunfire in South Bend Saturday evening. 


LAKESIDE, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 13-year-old Otsego girl has been found near a beach along Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan following an apparent drowning. The Berrien County sheriff's office says the body was reported about 12:30 p.m. Friday in Lakeside. The girl was reported missing about 9 p.m. Thursday at Warren Dunes State Park in Lake Township. A search for her was suspended Thursday night due to darkness. It was resumed Friday morning.