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15-year-old boy beaten to death with baseball bat, deputies say

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A 16-year-old boy is facing first-degree murder and other charges after he beat another teen to death with a baseball bat on Monday near a mobile-home park in Lake Wales, Fla., according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect called 911 shortly before 2 p.m. to report the beating, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brian Bruchey said.

Bruchey said the suspect and victim, 15-year-old Giovanni Diaz, went to the woods near the mobile-home park on Caloosa Boulevard to play baseball.

The boy told deputies he beat Giovanni with a baseball bat. Bruchey said deputies are still investigating a possible motive.

Deputies took the suspect into custody. Besides the murder charge, he is charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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The Orlando Sentinel typically does not name juvenile suspects.

“This child was brutally murdered by a 16-year-old with a baseball bat,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “There is no reasonable excuse for this. Zero. None. It should never have happened.”

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