16-year-old aunt charged as adult in death of 7-year-old boy

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DENVER -- The teenager accused of killing a 7-year-old boy and hiding his body will be charged as an adult, the Denver District Attorney's Office said Monday.

The girl’s identity will not be released because she is a juvenile, but the Denver Police Department said the victim was her nephew.

Police said the 16-year-old girl intentionally killed Jordan Vong, then wrapped his body in a blanket and hid him in a portable closet in her basement bedroom.

According to a probable cause statement, the suspect lived in the basement of the victim's home in the Montbello neighborhood.

On the day Vong died, Aug. 6, the statement said the teen was upset after having a fight with her girlfriend. About 12:43 p.m., the child came downstairs and asked her to play video games with him.

The teen told police that she instructed the child to go upstairs but instead he went to sit on her bed, upsetting her. She said she pushed the 7-year-old off the bed and he hit his face on the floor.

When the boy began to cry, the child's aunt said she placed her hand over his mouth and plugged his nose, holding down the struggling child until he stopped moving.

The 16-year-old told police she put the body under her bed before wrapping him in a blanket and placing him in one of the two portable closets in her room.

Vong was reported missing about 4:30 p.m. from the 4900 block of Fairplay Street near Chambers Road and Bolling Drive.

Police combed through neighborhoods. Hundreds of posters were put up and officers searched a 20-block radius around the home. The FBI was also called in.

The next night, police revealed Jordan’s body was found. The 16-year-old was arrested the next morning.

"It was intentionally concealed, and it took some time to find it," said Joe Montoya, division chief of investigations.

The teen "didn't tell any of her family what she had done to Jordan because she was afraid," according to the statement.

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