TEEN MURDER: Boy Charged With Killing Mom

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A teenage boy in northern Iowa is charged with killing his mother.

Police say the 13-year-old boy shot his mother, 31-year-old Gretchen Crooks, multiple times inside her home in rural Mitchell County Saturday night.

Along with the murder charge, the boy is also accused of trying to sexually assault his mother.

Police say the boy called 911 shortly after the shooting and admitted what he had done.

Deputy Greg Beaver with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office says, “The emotions of the young man, from what I’ve been told, is his demeanor was very calm and kind of stoic. Almost like he was in shock also.”

The boy is being held in juvenile custody in Waterloo.