NEW STANTON (KDKA) – Police have made an arrest after a mother and her young son were found shot to death in their New Stanton home Wednesday morning.
According to online court paperwork, 14-year-old Jacob Remaley is being charged in connection with the double shooting of his mother and little brother. He is facing charges of first-degree murder and criminal homicide.
Earlier in the day, emergency officials responded to the residence in the 1100-block of Thermo Village Road around 7 a.m.
It was a 911 call from inside the home that sent state police and paramedics there. Inside, the victims were found dead. They have been identified as the suspect’s mother and brother, 46-year-old Dana Remaley and 8-year-old Caleb Remaley.
“There was a female, Dana Remaley, and her son, Caleb, found deceased in the residence. It appears they were both shot in the head,” said Trooper Stephen Limani, of Pennsylvania State Police.
Both were found in their beds. Investigators spent the day removing evidence from the house.
“We feel very comfortable that we have the person in our custody,” said Trooper Limani.
Patrick Lacey lives next door to the home turned double homicide scene.
“They more or less kept to themselves,” said Lacey. “There was never anything that was a red flag to us. We live right next door, with just the church between us, but no never.”
Caleb attended school in the Hempfield Area School District and his mother worked as a personal care assistant in the same district. They will have grief counselors on hand Thursday to help students and staff to cope with the loss.
“This is a very horrific time, a very difficult time for this particular family and the community here in New Stanton. To have two individuals shot in their home while they are sleeping, it’s very traumatic,” said Trooper Limani.
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At Bible Study on Wednesday evening at the New Stanton Assembly of God Church, the group offered special prayers for the family.
“It’s a small neighborhood, just a few homes, so families know one another. Everyone has been touched by this, obviously,” said Pastor Mike Hampton. “We are ready to go into a service now, and this will be our focus, praying for the family and all those involved.”
Jacob was taken to the State Police Barracks in Greensburg.
The murder weapon has been recovered, and the investigation continues.
State police are planning a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Thursday to announce new details.