An 11-year-old boy is a suspect in the investigation into the death of a 10-year-old girl on Tuesday at a youth care institution in southern Germany. The police and the judiciary announced it on Friday afternoon.

“Initial results of evidence obtained at the crime scene by the more than 40-member detective team point to the involvement of an 11-year-old boy from the Wunsiedel facility,” the statement said. Because the suspect has not yet reached the age of criminal responsibility, he has been remanded to a secure institution.

The police and the Public Ministry (OM) note that further evaluation of the ‘forensic evidence’ and questioning of the child have not yet been completed and could take some time. According to them, the measures were carried out in close cooperation with the responsible youth authorities.

The girl’s cause of death and time of death have yet to be determined. Waiting for the final autopsy report. The possible involvement of other people is not yet clear, but cannot be ruled out.

three teenagers

German media reported Wednesday that detectives focused their investigation on three children (two 11-year-olds and one 16-year-old). They would have been transferred to a youth protection institution, it was said, citing sources in “security circles.”

Employees of the youth care institution in the town of Wunsiedel, about 90 kilometers northeast of Nuremberg (Bavaria) and not far from the Czech border, found the victim lifeless in a room around 08:45 this Tuesday. . They alerted emergency services, but an emergency medical team could only determine the girl’s death. She would have died a few hours before. An initial autopsy showed signs of an unnatural death ‘by external influence’. According to the Public Ministry, the place where the victim was found was also the scene of the crime.


Bavarian State Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann (CSU) referred to the “excellent work” on the suspect by investigators in response to the news. “Thanks to very dedicated and meticulous investigations, a person involved in the crime could be identified in a relatively short time,” he told the German news agency DPA. He spoke of “very complex investigations”, especially since a large number of children and young people had to be questioned. “It takes a lot of fingerspitzengefühl for that.”

The violent death of the girl still affects him deeply, the minister added. “The suffering of the parents and relatives must be immeasurable.” He hopes that the investigative work of the police can help process the “terrible loss”.

The youth care center provides accommodation for 89 children, youth and young adults between the ages of 3 and 18 from all over Germany. Due to circumstances they cannot live at home and receive help with their upbringing. There is currently “a larger group” missing due to the Easter holidays, a spokeswoman said. According to her, part of that group practices winter sports.

Second case in a month

The death of the girl in the youth care institution caused a stir throughout Germany. This is because it is the second case in a month of adolescent violence in the Federal Republic. On March 11, a 12-year-old girl was found dead in a forest in Freudenberg, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Her best friend (13) and another schoolmate (12) confessed to stabbing Luise and leaving her bleeding. They would have acted out of revenge after an argument.