Nickalas Kedrowitz Convicted of Murder of Desiree McCartney and Nathaniel Ritz

Nickalas Kedrowitz Appears in a Ripley County Sheriff

Nickalas Kedrowitz appears in a photo taken at the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.

An Indiana teen was sentenced Tuesday to a century in prison for strangling his toddler sibling.

The defense argued that the defendant Nickalas Kedrowitz17 years old, living with an untreated mental illness and deserving of a favorable sentence, but Judge Ryan King determined that the convicted teen showed no remorse, according to a nearby branch of CBS WKRC. The judge thus handed down two consecutive 50-year sentences in the murder of Kedrowitz’s half-sister. Desiree McCartney23 months old, and step-sister of the defendant Nathaniel Ritz, 11 months old. The murders were the result of attacks on separate days, authorities demonstrated at trial.

Christina McCartneyDesiree’s mother returned home on May 1, 2017 to find that the young girl “wasn’t breathing,” according to the FOX affiliate WXIX. The child died on May 6 at nearby Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio. Kedrowitz, then 13, was not charged with misconduct at the time, although he was removed from the home. Nathaniel passed away on July 21.

Authorities eventually came to believe that Kedrowitz used a towel to gag Desiree to “free her to Heaven”. Months later, they accused him of putting a blanket over Nathaniel’s head, according to WKRC.

Kedrowitz is said to have landed on law enforcement radar after his mother said he once mutilated a kitten; Another relative described him as having the same temperament as the Incredible Hulk.

Authorities said Kedrowitz confessed after Ritz’s murder.

“There were some comments that were made to the police about getting you out of some kind of hell,” said Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel speak.

Christina McCartney told WXIX that form of “hell” could involve another person living in the home.

The teenage defendant, who was charged as an adult, has fought the charges. Prosecutors argued that he was responsible for the two deaths, and a jury agreed.

In justifying the centuries-old sentence, Hertel highlighted the time period between the two murders.

“This isn’t some kind of fervor of passion, a killing spree and then minutes or hours or even days later,” Hertel said, according to the broadcaster. Indianapolis WTHR. “We’re talking many months here, so we think the continuity of judgment has been warranted and appropriate in this circumstance.”

[Screenshot via WXIX/Trevor Peters/Twitter]

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