(CNN) – Detectives on Saturday arrested the 12-year-old brother of Leila Fowler on a homicide charge in connection with his 8-year-old sister’s death, Calaveras County, California, Sheriff Gary Kuntz said.
The brother – who Kuntz did not name, but did speak publicly after his sister’s death – was arrested at 5:10 p.m. (8:10 p.m. ET) at a county sheriff’s office substation in his hometown of Valley Springs, according to the sheriff.
“Citizens of Calaveras County can sleep a little better tonight,” Kuntz said.
Leila Fowler and her brother were said to be alone on Saturday, April 27, in their family’s northern California home when she was found dead. The 12-year-old told police that he’d seen an intruder leaving the home, then found his sister suffering from stab wounds.
The 8-year-old died minutes after arriving at a hospital, authorities said.