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15-Year-Old Boy Charged With Aggravated Murder Of Adoptive Parents

Chesapeake, VA – Police are investigating after a 15-year-old boy allegedly murdered both of his adoptive parents in a brutal attack at their home in South Norfolk on Tuesday.

Chesapeake police officers responded to a home in the 1800-block of Peartree Street around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 10 after someone called 911 and reported two injured people inside, WAVY reported.

Responding officers found two adults dead inside the residence when they arrived.

Police have identified the murder victims as 61-year-old Donna Daugherty and her husband, 60-year-old John Daugherty, WTKR reported.

Officials said the victims died from attacks with a knife and/or hammer, WAVY reported.

Chesapeake police announced on Tuesday night that the murdered couple’s adopted 15-year-old son had been taken into custody and charged with their deaths.

His name has not yet been publicly released due to his age.

No other details about the case have been released, WAVY reported.

It was not known what led up to the teen’s brutal attack on his parents, nor whether there was a history of problems in the household.

Officials have not released any details about the adoption, when it occurred, or how long the teen had lived with the Daughertys.

Investigators said they have not yet identified a motive for the murders, WAVY reported.

The 15-year-old has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder in connection with the slaying of his adoptive parents, WVEC reported.

Neighbor Eddie Gray said the couple had appeared to be devoted parents to their son and he said he was blown away by what had happened, WAVY reported.

“I mean, I just can’t believe this even happened. I’m still shocked by it,” Gray said.

He said he’d seen their son out and about at times but didn’t know him well.

Neighbor Etta Seagle, who said she knew the Daughertys but not very well, was equally surprised by the tragedy, WAVY reported.

“I’m stunned. I really am stunned,” Seagle said.

Chesapeake police are heading up the investigation into the double murder and have asked that anyone with information on the case call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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