People around the country are in shock after hearing the report that a 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy will be charged as an adult in the murder of a 90-year-old woman. When questioned by authorities, the child stated his intention was to hurt the woman, not kill her.
According to a Wayne County District Attorney’s office news release, the boy’s grandfather, Anthony Virbitsky was the caregiver for an elderly woman named Helen Novak. Unfortunately while under his care and with his grandson in the home, things on Saturday went horribly wrong.
Typically, the names of minors who commit crimes are not provided to the public but because the boy is being tried as an adult in the case, authorities released his name as 10-year-old Tristen Kurilla of Damascus Township. Information about the incident was told by Kurilla to a trooper and shared in a statement by his mother.
Reportedly, Kurilla entered Novak’s room around 10:00 a.m. to ask a question but instead of getting an answer, she yelled at him to go away. Enraged, he left her room to grab a wooden cane. After returning he found the woman sitting upright in bed and without hesitation, hooked the curved end of the cane around her neck, pushing it down several times for roughly five seconds. This act was followed with repeated blows to the throat and stomach.
Around 10:30 a.m., the grandfather found Novak bleeding from her mouth, having trouble breathing, and looking frightened. By 11:00 a.m., she was completely unresponsive.
Yesterday, the coroner’s office performed an autopsy, confirming Helen Novak’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the neck. Kurilla was arrested and is currently being detained at the Wayne County Correctional Facility on a no bond order. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled in the case a week from tomorrow.
At this time, there is no mention whether this boy has demonstrated violent tendencies in the past.