11-year-old child charged with killing woman, 84, in east Tennessee

The DA and courts decided, at this time, the boy will not be charged as an adult

JOHNSON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed a boy is facing charges in connection to the death of an 84-year-old woman.

According to Sheriff Mike Reece, the sheriff’s office began investigating a report of a missing person on December 6, 2015. That same day, 84-year-old Teruko Shaw was found dead, not far from her home.

Investigators determined a boy, who was 11 years old at the time, is a suspect in the case. The unnamed boy has been charged with felony murder, especially aggravated burglary and theft of property.

Authorities said the juvenile is currently in custody at a facility in another state and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

Investigators told News Channel 11 they’ve treated this case like a homicide from the start.

Back in March of this year, Sheriff Reece told News Channel 11 autopsy results revealed Shaw’s death was a homicide, and that it was violent.

“She had blunt force trauma to the face and upper chest area,” he said.  “She also had laceration to her left neck where she bled out. That’s what killed her.”

Investigators found a set of shears next to her body and puncture marks in her neck.

Sheriff Reece said some type of robbery occurred at the home. He said different areas of the home had been ransacked, but the more expensive items were not touched.

Over the course of the investigation, the family involved in the case moved out of state. As as result, the TBI and the District Attorney’s office traveled out of state and interviewed the family and the boy again.

The DA and the courts have decided, at this time, the boy will not be charged as an adult.

According to investigators, the boy was familiar with Shaw. They lived very close to each other and, Sheriff Reece told News Channel 11, he may have done some work for her in the past.

“This is something that’s never happened in Johnson County,” said Sheriff Reece. “[You] just don’t see this too much. It’s sad for both sides.”

The boy is expected to be extradited sometime this week and will appear before  a judge in juvenile court this week for an arraignment hearing.

Sheriff Reece says the boy’s family is being very cooperative.

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