A 17-year-old girl has been charged with murder after allegedly luring her classmate into the woods where she was beaten to death with a baseball bat.
Annika Stalczynski was arrested on Monday after a grand jury indicted her on several charges including first degree murder for the death of Madison Sparrow on October 2.
Prosecutors allege that Stalczynski plotted the murder with Ms Sparrow’s ex-boyfriend, 19-year-old Noah Sharp.
The pair are accused of fatally beating Ms Sparrow with a metal baseball bat in woods behind Maclary Elementary School in Delaware.
Sharp was arrested three days after Ms Sparrow’s murder and confessed to killing her with the baseball bat.
“Every murder is an outrage, but the murder of a child strikes at everything we hold dear,” Attorney General Kathy Jennings said in a statement.
Court documents read Ms Sparrow was reported missing about 8:30pm on the evening of her death after she failed to return home from a shopping trip with a girlfriend.
The next day police issued a missing person alert for the teenager where friends and family revealed Ms Sparrow had gone to an area in Newark where her ex-boyfriend was located.
When investigators went to the area they found the murder weapon, droplets of blood, and Ms Sparrow’s clothing according to court documents.
Sharp said after Sparrow was dead, he took her body to another "wooded area" near Route 896 and Interstate 95 where police found her body.
An autopsy report confirmed Sparrow died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Why the motive for Stalczynski assisting Sharp with the murder isn’t immediately clear, State Prosecutor A.J. Roop said Stalczynski and Ms Sparrow were classmates at Newark high school and had "known each other for some time".
“I believe that they had a relationship going back over a number of years, I won't get into much more than that, or what the status was recently, but they were acquaintances, and they did know each other,” Mr Roop said, according to Delaware Online.
Ms Jennings said that while there are still many unanswered questions, she hopes that the arrests of Stalczynski and Sharp begin to help the Sparrow family to heal.
“My heart aches for Madi’s parents, the Sparrow family, and the entire Newark Charter community. We can never replace what these people have lost, but we can—and will—hold her killers accountable,” Ms Jennings said.
Both Stalczynski and Sharp are being held in custody on $1 million bail.
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