California Boy, 14, Suspected of Killing His Little Sister in Their Home

Ashley Wood's mom found her dead from apparent blunt force trauma in the unfinished basement of their home, police say


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A 14-year-old California boy is suspected in the death of his 13-year-old sister, who was killed in their home earlier this week from apparent blunt force trauma, the Rocklin County Police Department said in a news release.

The victim, Ashley Wood, was found by her mother after 10:45 a.m. local time Tuesday underneath her family’s residence on Monument Springs Drive, in an unfinished basement, a Rocklin County police spokesman confirms to PEOPLE.

Police responded to several 911 calls reporting a “disturbance” at the home, according to the news release. The male suspect fled on foot when officers arrived and was taken into custody without incident in a nearby field, 40 minutes later.

Wood and the suspect are siblings, the police spokesman tells PEOPLE. Their father, Jeff Wood, is a supervising deputy district attorney in the county district attorney’s office, the office confirmed in a news release obtained by PEOPLE.

Police will not be specifying the kind of weapon used in Wood’s death, the spokesman says.

Police are still investigating the motive behind her killing, with assistance from the state Department of Justice, according to their release. Investigators obtained a search warrant on Tuesday and collected evidence from numerous places within the family’s home. They did not leave the home until 11:37 p.m. Tuesday.

The boy, whose name is not being released, is being held at the Placer County Probation Juvenile Detention Facility in Auburn, California, according to police. He is awaiting charges and arraignment, the spokesman says.

It is not clear if the suspect had retained an attorney as of press time, the spokesman says, and the Placer County District Attorney’s Office would not comment further.

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“Our office, along with the Wood family is touched by the many condolences received from members of law enforcement, the legal community, and community leaders not only from Placer County, but from our surrounding counties,” the district attorney’s office said in its release. “Words cannot express our appreciation for the kind and caring words offered in support of our friend and colleague as he and his family attempt to cope with this tragedy.”

The state attorney general will prosecute the case, due to the district attorney’s office’s “strong emotional connection to Mr. Wood and his family,” its release said.

Jeff, 50, and wife Sonia, 46, have owned the Monument Springs Drive home since 2013.

“Yesterday was a very dark day for our Rocklin community,” Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence said in a statement. “On behalf of the Rocklin Police Department, I send our heartfelt condolences to the victim’s family. Words cannot adequately express our deep sorrow for all involved.”

Wood was a budding gymnast loved by her teammates, coach Lisa Porch told Fox 40 Sacramento. Her autopsy is being completed Thursday by the Placer County Coroner’s Office.

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