13-year-old Noah Crooks stands accused of murdering his mother, Gretchen, and police have now filed additional charges of sexual abuse.
Investigators say that it is “totally unheard of” for a child to sexually abuse his or her parent, but that is the case in the Crook murder.
Allegations include first-degree murder.
Crooks will probably not be charged and sentenced as an adult for his crimes as 14 is the minimum age for a juvenile to be charged as an adult in Iowa.
Noah used a rifle to kill his mother, Gretchen, in their home on Saturday. Police responded to a 911 call made by Noah and calmly took him into custody. He currently waits arraignment at the North Iowa Juvenile Detention Center.
Officials are trying to make sense of the tragedy and note that cases of sexual abuse committed by children are rare.
“The victims in most sex offenses committed by juveniles are siblings, other juveniles, or, more rare, other adults,” explained Sheila Aukes, a licensed social worker. “A child or adolescent sexually abusing a parent is completely out of the norm, totally unheard of”.
The entire community has been left in shock at the murder. Friends and colleagues called Gretchen a “great nurse and leader.” She worked at the local Mercy Medical Center while studying for her master’s degree in nursing.