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A teen girl has been arrested in connection with her murdered classmate, and investigators say she worked in cahoots with the victim’s ex-boyfriend to lure her to her brutal death.
Madison Sparrow, 17, vanished from her Delaware home in early October. Amid police questioning, her ex-boyfriend Noah Sharp, 19, allegedly admitted to beating Sparrow to death with a baseball bat in a wooded area of Newark and told investigators that he had planned her murder with another person, who was not identified.
Prosecutors announced on Tuesday that a 17-year-old girl has been named a second suspect in Sparrow’s murder. Like Sharp, she has now been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. And, like Sharp, she is now being held on a cash bail in excess of $1 million.
The second suspect attended Newark Charter High School alongside Sparrow. State Prosecutor A.J. Roop told Delaware Online that the two had "known each other for some time."
"I believe that they had a relationship going back over a number of years," he said. "I won't get into much more than that, or what the status was recently, but they were acquaintances and they did know each other."
Rony Baltazar-Lopez, a public information officer at the Delaware Department of Justice told Oxygen.com on Thursday that the classmate has been indicted as an adult. She is currently being held in a juvenile detention center.
It’s unclear if either suspect have attorneys who can speak on their behalf. Prosecutors say they cannot yet release their theory on the motive.
“Every murder is an outrage, but the murder of a child strikes at everything we hold dear,” Attorney General Kathy Jennings stated in Tuesday’s announcement. “Madison was stolen from her family and friends with her life and her dreams still ahead of her. A life has been taken and a cruel trauma has been inflicted on hundreds of people who knew and loved this kind, gentle young woman. My heart aches for Madi’s parents, the Sparrow family, and the entire Newark Charter community. We can never replace what these people have lost, but we can – and will – hold her killers accountable.”
Sparrow’s friend Rohn Satjar told CBS Philadelphia last month that his slain pal was generous and a good friend.
"The way she gave to others when the time came, there was so much of an outpouring from all parts of the community," he said. "In a dark world, you need people that are light. It just helps you process through life’s challenges and wherever you are, you need people like Madison."
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit at (302) 741-2729.
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