A 10-year-old boy has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a 90-year-old woman who was in the care of his grandfather. Tristen Kurilla, from Pennsylvania, is being charged as an adult for the violent beating which ended the life of Helen Novak.
WNEP reported that Kurilla was visiting his grandfather when Novak yelled at him during some kind of dispute. Kurilla’s grandfather was out of the house during the incident.
In an affidavit, Kurilla told police this made him mad. The elderly woman was sitting on the edge of her bed in her room, when Kurilla attacked her from behind, pulling her back onto the bed by a wooden cane that he pressed to her throat. He then punched her repeatedly in throat.
Novak did not immediately succumb to her injuries, but when Kurilla’s grandfather returned to the house he told police that she seemed to have trouble breathing. She refused to be taken to the hospital, and later was found unresponsive in her room. She died from the severe internal hemorrhaging and swelling in the throat.
The boy said he wasn’t trying to kill the victim, he was only trying to hurt her.
The youngster’s mother is the one who reported her son to police for the murder. In her interview with police she said that she had a lot of trouble with Tristen’s violent temper and that her son was prone to tell lies.
The coroner’s autopsy report ruled Novak’s death a homicide.
Kurilla remains in custody at the Wayne County Correctional Facility with no bail set.