Lily Peters' autopsy reveals chilling details of how 10-yr-old suffered blunt force trauma, strangulation
Warning: This article contains information about sexual assault that could be traumatic for some readers. Discretion is advised.
CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN: Lily Peters, 10, died from blunt force trauma and strangulation, reveals her autopsy reports. The girl's remains were discovered in a forest near Chippewa Falls, northeast of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on April 25 after she went missing the day before during a bike ride.
According to preliminary autopsy results provided by Chippewa County Coroner Ronald Patten on Thursday, Lily died of strangulation and violent force injuries. He said Lily's autopsy confirmed she died of murder and that toxicology testing, which will include DNA samples and further information about her alleged rape, will take four to six weeks. Lily's cousin, Carson Peters-Berger, was arrested and held on $1 million cash bond on suspicion of murdering and raping the 10-year-old fourth-grader. Peters-Berger faces a possible life sentence after being charged with first-degree deliberate homicide, first-degree sexual assault, and first-degree sexual assault of a minor in connection with Lily's death. Prosecutors said in court that Peters-Berger intended to rape and murder the victim from the start when he left the house with the victim to follow the trail. Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said: "He punched the victim in the stomach, knocked her to the ground, essentially strangled her, hit her with a stick, before strangling her to the point of death – before he then sexually assaulted her."
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Alex Peters, Lily's father, reported her missing after she failed to come home after visiting her aunt. Lily, who lived less than half a mile from her aunt's house, was discovered lying a short distance off a bike track. Chippewa Falls residents claimed she was frequently seen cycling along the trail on her bike, which was discovered beside her corpse. The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, which is located on the edge of Star Lake, is near where she was discovered.
Peters-Berger, 14 is the son of a convicted pedophile. After being found with a stockpile of pornographic photographs of prepubescent females on his phone, Adam Berger, 37, got three years in prison. Ten pornographic images of extremely young females in spread-legged poses were discovered on Adam Berger's phone, according to charging documents. Some had been doctored to include comments like "First in ur little girls a**hole and then in ur mouth mom."