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Investigators have recovered the bloody shirt of a 13-year-old boy suspected of killing a teacher at a state-run juvenile detention facility in Prince George’s County, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.

One of the sources said investigators had also taken a statement from the boy.

Prince George’s County prosecutors have not charged the boy in the death of 65-year-old Hannah Wheeling, a Bel Air resident and teacher of general studies at Cheltenham’s Murphy Cottage. Prince George’s State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said Tuesday that the investigation was progressing, and prosecutors were moving deliberately because the processes in juvenile court are expedited once a suspect is charged. Prosecutors would have to charge the boy as a juvenile, then seek a waiver from a juvenile court judge to move the case to adult court, Ivey said.

“I think the police have done a great job in their investigation, but I think there’s still a few more pieces to put together, and we want to make sure we have as much in place as possible before we move forward,” Ivey said.

Wheeling’s partially clothed body was found Thursday outside the door of Murphy Cottage, which is outside the perimeter fence at Cheltenham and houses about 20 youths deemed not dangerous to themselves or others, police have said. Law enforcement sources have said she appeared to have been sexually assaulted and fatally beaten.

The suspect in the case was housed at Murphy Cottage, law enforcement sources have said. Cheltenham Youth Facility is run by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 23, 2010; 7:54 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Maryland , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Sex Crimes , The Region  
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My God! This poor woman was just trying to help give these kids a chance, and this is what happens? He's 13 and possibly a murderer! Terrible.

Posted by: brandip_77 | February 24, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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