16-year-old boy allegedly beats a 15-year-old to death with baseball bat

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is investigating after a 16-year-old boy reportedly beat a 15-year-old boy to death with a baseball bat Monday afternoon.

The death occurred on Caloosa Boulevard, cross street Lake Boulevard.

According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the boys went into the woods, presumably to play.

Judd said that’s where the 16-year-old beat the 15-year-old to death with the bat.

The suspect allegedly told a witness what he had done and went home and called 911.

The witness found the 15-year-old boy  dead.

The suspect told a deputy “he whaled on” the other boy with the bat, and referred to him as a friend.

Judd said the 16-year-old suspect has three previous battery charges, two of which were on the victim.

Judd said they do not yet know why he killed the other boy and have no further details.

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