Iowa teen seeks to move case to juvenile court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An attorney for a teen accused of killing a 5-year-old boy in western Iowa is asking that his case be moved to juvenile court.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/18FksfZ) that public defender Michael Williams of Sioux City is also asking for a full evaluation of the 17-year-old’s mental health, juvenile court history and family history.

The teen’s family has said he is mentally disabled and has the mental capacity of a preschooler.

A judge has scheduled a hearing for Sept. 30, the same day the teen is supposed to be arraigned.

Authorities believe the teen killed 5-year-old Dominic Elkins, whose body was found at the bottom of a ravine on Aug. 31.

The teen and the boy had lived at the same foster home for nearly three weeks.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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