1st charges filed in string of child homicides in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has been charged with killing a 15-year-old in St. Louis in the first case filed in a string of child homicides in the city.

Fifty-four-year-old Joseph Renick is jailed on $500,000 bond after he was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm in the death of Sentonio Cox. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Sentonio is the latest of at least 13 children killed by gunfire in St. Louis this year. A St. Louis police detective wrote in the probable cause statement that the boy was backing away from Renick with his hands raised Sunday morning when Renick shot him in the head.

The statement provided no other information about what led up to the shooting.

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