Sheriff: Teen fatally beats friend with his bat, calls 911

LAKE WALES, Florida. – A Florida sheriff says a boy has struck another teenager to death with a baseball bat.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says WFLA-TV the 16-year-old beat 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz after they went into a wooded area Monday afternoon. He says that the boys had gone into the forest, presumably to play.

Judd says the 16-year-old told a witness what he did, went to the house and called 911. The witness found Diaz dead.

The suspect told a deputy that “he whaled on” Diaz, and referred to him as a friend.

The teenager has three previous battery charges and the two were on Diaz. Authorities do not know why he killed the other boy and has no further details.

He had not been charged as of Monday night.


Information from: WFLA-TV,

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