A teenage girl who allegedly killed her seven-year-old nephew and hid him in a closet has been charged over his murder.
Jennie Bunsom, 16, intentionally killed Jordan Vong before wrapping his body in a blanket and hiding him in a portable closet in her basement bedroom on August 6, according to the Denver Police Department.
An arrest affidavit says Jordan made his way to Jennie’s basement bedroom at her Montbello home to ask her to play video games, US television station KDVR reported.
Having had an argument with her girlfriend, Jennie told police she instructed Jordan to go upstairs but he would not leave.
She said she pushed the Jordan from the bed, resulting in the boy hitting his face off the ground.
When Jordan began crying, Jennie said she placed her hands over his face until he stopped moving.
She then told police she hid the body in her bedroom.
Jordan was reported missing at 4.30pm (local time) on the day of his death, prompting a wide-scale search of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Jordan’s body was discovered the following day and Jennie was arrested the next morning.
Jennie was charged as an adult with first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder of a person under the age of 12 by a person in a position of trust.
The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner is working to determine Jordan’s cause of death.
Jennie is due in court on Thursday.